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Having A Servant's Heart - Part 3
7/24/2013

“With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” Says the LORD, your Redeemer. Isaiah 54:8 (NKJV)

We have been looking at a series of devotionals titled, “Having A Servant's Heart.”  In this series we have been looking at what it means to have a proper servant's heart as defined by God.  We cannot properly serve others in the way our Lord demonstrated without first having this type of heart.  And so we are looking at eight qualities we are to put on, as outlined in Colossians 3:12-14—qualities we must possess before we can properly serve others in His name.

Let’s take a look at the second quality that we must, “put on.”

2.   We’re to put on Kindness

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on…kindness, Colossians 3:12(NKJV)

The word, “kindness” used in this scripture is the Greek word chrestotes, khray-stot´-ace.  This Greek term refers to the grace (unmerited favor) that passes through the believer.  It is a usefulness, i.e. morally, excellence in character or demeanor — gentleness, good(-ness), kindness.

To be a “kind” person means we are going to be as concerned about our neighbors good as we are about our own—we love our neighbor as we love our self.  Psalm 117:2 speaks of God’s kindness towards His Children as it says, For His merciful kindness is great toward us.”  But God’s kindness is not limited to just those who believe, trust, and obey, as we can clearly see by Jesus’ teachings in Luke.

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Luke 6:35 (NKJV)

So we can clearly see that God is kind, even to the ungrateful and evil people.  And this is because it is God’s kindness that ultimately leads us to repentance (Rom. 2:4).  We see this principal being taught in 1 Peter chapter 3 with respect to Husbands and Wives.  Notice in these scriptures that it is the kind actions by the believer that are done in love that win the favor of the lost, or strayed.

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 1 Peter 3:1 (NKJV)

Notice the end of this verse says, “They observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.”  That fear that is being spoken of here is a “respect” or “reverence” for God—this is what it means to “fear the Lord.”  As we are kind to others, whether they reciprocate or not, we are doing this unto the Lord, and we are showing our respect for Him.  Knowing we are doing this for God makes it a pleasure, not a burden or drudgery. 

I want to encourage you today to be “kind” to all whom God brings your way.  Let’s take a second to think before we speak or act when others are mean, foul, crass, selfish, or indifferent to our beliefs.  Let’s keep in mind the end-run and whom we are serving—knowing others will in “deed” know Jesus because of our love and kindness.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Isaiah 54:8, what attribute does God display to show His us mercy upon us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be kind to everyone whom God brings into your life, regardless of his or her attitude, actions, or refusal to accept your kindness?

APPLICATION: Let’s ask God to give us an Agape love for everyone today—it is only through Him that we can consistently be kind to others.

Father, thank You for Your loving kindness that leads to mercy.  Father we purpose in our hearts to be kind to everyone You bring our way.  Help us to love them with an Agape-style love Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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