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04/22/2008

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On Being Kind


"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has forgiven you" (Eph. 4:32).

Is there someone in your life to whom it is really hard to be kind? It may be someone that we just don't like. It may be someone who makes us feel uncomfortable. It may be someone who has done something to us or said something about us that we just can't forgive. The Christian life ought to be an example in forgiveness.

We all remember the question of Peter in Matt. 18:21. "How often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Seven times?" Peter thought he was being quite generous in his concept of forgiveness. Jesus replied that it should not be seven, but seventy times seven. What the Lord said was that forgiveness is not about math. He said that there should be no limits in our readiness to forgive, or greatness of the wrong we are to forgive.

True forgiveness involves something else. Paul in his great treatise on love in 1 Cor. 13, said in v5 "love does not take into account a wrong suffered." In the NIV it says, "it keeps no record of wrongs." True forgiveness makes the strongest effort that one has, to also forget the wrong suffered. God's forgiveness of us for Christ's sake is our pattern. When we consider how much we have been forgiven, can we do less? We can't even give back our gifts to our Lord in the proper fashion if we hold some sort or grudge in us. The human logic says, "they don't deserve forgiveness!" What if God would have said that about us?

If there is resentment, dislike, or bitterness in our hearts, how can there be space for kindness, love and forgiveness? There can't be!

Lets simply use the example of the Lord. "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU (Col. 3:13). It will make it alot easier to be kind.

Have a wonderful day...Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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