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Knowing Ourselves - April 2018

Our goal should be to grow into being known as a kind person, toward everyone!

Knowing Ourselves
Know Your Core Values – Part 5

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:5-11

Key Verse: 2 Peter 1:10

So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.

Our sixth core value, given to us by Apostle Peter, is brotherly kindness. This core value is pointing us to loving others as if they were a part of our family. Jesus told us to love others as we love ourselves. When we treat people around us with brotherly kindness, we are treating them like we would treat our own family. Within a normal family there are disagreements and frustrations, but there is love and forgiveness that gets us through that negative stuff. Brotherly kindness toward others outside our family gives them the same treatment, we love and forgive them.

We don’t need a detailed definition of brotherly kindness if we are honest. We know when we are being kind and we know when we are being unkind to someone. Yes, there are unintentional hurts that happen, but most of the problems in our relationships are due to someone being unkind to another. Make it your life goal to grow into being known as a kind person, toward everyone!

The final core value listed by the Apostle Peter is certainly not the least. In fact, it would be at the top of the New Testament list: LOVE. The original Greek word for love is agape. Agape is not a romantic love or a brotherly love. Agape speaks of doing good; being a charitable person toward others. It is not all about feelings; it’s all about “action.” When the Bible says God loved the world, it is referring to the action God took for the whole world to be saved through Jesus. Jesus’ love was to die on the cross for you and me to be saved from our sins. We worry too much about how we feel about people and not enough about what we do for people. Let’s determine to grow our good deeds and charitable giving to the hurting people around us; that is Agape love. Look for someone to show this kind of love to today!

Father, I will work at growing my kind deeds. In Jesus’ Name, amen.