Ephesians 4:32 - “Be kind…to one another”

A Christmas Story, film, 1983
Early in my childhood, I experienced a moment of kindness that I have never forgotten. One Wednesday evening, I brought a toy pellet gun to church. A friend of mine and I found an empty room next to the fellowship hall, lined up some paper cups, and had target practice. When one of the pastors of the church unexpectedly came into the room – we knew we were in trouble…

But instead of the expected reprimand, he said, “Hi boys. Looks like you’re having fun. That’s a neat pistol you’ve got. Can I shoot it?” Our tension eased as he shot several pellets at the targets. But I’ll never forget what came next. He bent over, picked up the pellets off of the floor (the ones he had shot), and handed them to me. His gentleness and kindness made a deep and lasting impact on my young heart.

God’s people must be kind! Indeed, one of the attributes of God is kindness. Yes, he is holy, just, sovereign, and righteous, but he is also kind. His ultimate kindness was express in our redemption: “When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us” (Titus 3:4-5). And his kindness leads us to righteous living: “Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?” (Romans 2:4).

Written by Don McMinn, Ph.D. (noreply@blogger.com) — November 30, 2012

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