In this sermon, part of Pastor Neil’s series on the fruit of the spirit, our Pastor explains the reason and the meaning of the kindness of God. Here are some excerpts:
Make sure you don’t miss this truth: One reason God shows kindness to you – and He shows it to us in a thousand ways we probably don’t begin to see – is to bring us to repentance and trusting faith in Him. It is to bring us to the end of ourselves so that we may find real life, true life, abundant life, eternal life in Him. Don’t waste the kindness of God! If you have never embraced His lovingkindness and saving grace, do it now. Do it today. You never know when it will be too late. Even if you’re young and think you have your whole life in front of you. Or, if you have wandered away from the faith, if you have turned away from God, remember His kindness to you and come back to Him. Like the prodigal son, come back home to the Father (Luke 15:11-32). You’ll find Him running to you with open arms and a heart full of love.
Later in Romans, in Romans 11:22, Paul urges us to “consider [both] the kindness (chrestotes) and sternness of God.” Paul wants us to understand that God takes sin seriously. He takes disobedience seriously. He takes unbelief seriously. Not that we all don’t occasionally sin in one way or another. We do. All of us. What he is warning against is a persistent lifestyle of unrepentant sin or unbelief. There are consequences. And they are not pleasant. But God shows kindness to sinners who repent of their sin and embrace the gospel…
…You see, the mercy, love, grace, and kindness of God are all wrapped up in one ginormous package from which God gives and gives and keeps on giving. It really doesn’t get any better than this!
The kindness of God shines through in these and other passages in the New Testament. We see His kindness incarnated in the life of Jesus, who, as Peter said in Acts 10:38, “went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil.” In other words, Jesus consistently, intentionally, daily performed acts that were both beneficial to others and unrequired. The essence of kindness. And it changed the world. Jesus changed the world. He changed my life. I hope you can say the same of your life.
Pastor Neil has a lot more to say about this topic. Please click on the link below to hear the sermon in its entirety.