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Church Message
The Spiritual Gift of Kindness
By Pastor Stuppy

Church sponsors2 24apr14Church message image"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23)

Several years ago, the movie "Home Alone" was shown at television and at theaters. It was a smashing success. Although it was a comedy and much of it was very funny, the opening scenes of the movie give us a picture of a home that left much to be desired. It was a family that was far from one which was loving and kind. Family members were very inconsiderate, rude and even cruel to each other.

The one who was most picked on was the star of the movie, a boy named Kevin. His big brother took sadistic delight in tormenting and threatening him. His uncle called him names. His mother and father ignored him, for the most part, or they punished him unfairly when he finally did get their attention.

While the opening scenes of the movie were trying to set the stage for what was to follow, it is probably not that far from being a real picture of what goes on in many homes. Fighting between spouses, brothers and sisters, parents and children is commonplace. All too often, in place of kind and loving words, there are arguments, name calling, yelling and the screaming of insults.

What we need more of in our homes is a greater measure of the spiritual gift of kindness. Kindness comes from God. It is his gift to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. God’s kindness was shown to us in the gift of God's Son as our Savior. Jesus' birth proclaims the love and kindness of God loud and clear. Where would we be without Jesus, without his forgiveness and love? God's kindness toward us is also seen in the wonderful way that he provides for our every need, how he takes care of us, protects us from harm and much more.

What, then, will be our response? How can we show God our appreciation for all the kind and loving things he has done for us? One way is by showing kindness to others. Kindness can be shown in many ways. It can be expressed by such simple things as opening a door for someone, giving someone a pat on the back or giving them words of encouragement. It can be expressed with a smile, a card or a phone call. It can be shown to those in our home, relatives, neighbors, to fellow workers and to those in our church, to rich and poor. Kindness is something we do out of love for others and love for God. It is done because we realize how kind God has been to us.

Think about your life? Would you say that you are kind? Would others say it about you? Ask God for a rich measure of this spiritual gift the next time you pray!


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