When We Are Kind
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:9-16
Key Verse: Hebrews 13:16
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
If we as believers have God’s Holy Spirit in us, why do we need the bulk of the New Testament? Why wouldn’t God simply give us the wisdom of the scriptures directly through the Holy Spirit? I can’t answer for God, but I certainly can testify to the experience of thirty years of pastoring. We all struggle with remembering what we’ve been taught. For His reasons, God chose to give us reminders through His Holy scriptures, as well as the Holy Spirit!
Being kind seems to be so simple; why would we need reminders? But the truth is: each of us probably can think of a recent experience that we encountered where we were not as kind as we should have been! It is so easy to get caught up in a moment and, without thinking, react in a way that deletes kindness! Yes, we all need reminders. Often!
Our printed scripture says it so clearly: “Don’t forget to do good.” The preceding verse talks of praising God with our lips and, that, continually! The inspired writer quickly moves from the praise of our lips to the good behavior and kind deeds of our lives! They go together; without praise we become social reformers. Without deeds we become “forms” of godliness without power!
This week has tried to give one answer to the question: How to delight God. The Bible is clear. God is delighted with our efforts to be kind in all our interactions. Beyond delighting God, we get a bonus effect of better relationships, first in our homes, then to our world.
Father, help me not to react to anything or anyone without your kindness shining through me. I’m eternally grateful for your kindness to me. All this I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.