In this sermon, Pastor Neil continues his series on “Whatever You Do,”urging us to show compassion, kindness, and humility to others. Here are some excerpts:
We talked last Sunday about compassion. The essence of compassion is coming along side and sharing in the pain or suffering of another person with a desire to help. Most of the time you can’t give the kind of help that is most needed until you enter into the hurt and pain of others.
Next on the list is kindness. Like compassion, Kindness is an attribute of God Himself. In Ephesians 2:7, Paul speaks of “the incomparable riches of (God’s) grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Again, in Titus 3:4-5, he says: “When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” Kindness, as it says in 1 Corinthians 13, is an expression of love [“Love is kind” (13:4)]. It is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Kindness is more than being nice. You can be nice without being sincere. True kindness is rooted in genuine caring for the feelings, desires, and needs of others
Then comes humility. We’ve talked about this in connection with the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). A spirit of true humility enables us to think of ourselves less and to think more of others and their needs. True humility prompts us, as Paul says in Philippians 2:3, to consider others better or more important than ourselves. It enables us to play second fiddle and not worry about who gets the applause. Echoing these verses in Colossians 3, Paul says in Ephesians 4:1-2 that to “live a life worthy of the calling (we) have received” involves being “completely humble and gentle.” We are to “be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
In 1 Peter 3:8, Peter urges us to be both compassionate and humble. A little later, he says we are to “clothe (ourselves) with humility toward one another, because (as it says in Proverbs 3:34) ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
Humility is essential for a right relationship with God. You know that. You can’t be right with God if you allow pride or self-righteousness or any feeling of superiority toward others to get in the way. Humility before God says: “Nothing in my hands I bring; simply to Thy cross I cling” (Augustus Toplady, “Rock of Ages”).
I have an idea: Let’s start – or join – a movement of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, and love. All in the name of Jesus.
Whatever you do, do it with compassion, kindness, and humility… Do it with gentleness and patience. Bear with one another. Put up with one another’s annoying, irritating habits. Forgive as quickly and fully as God forgives us. Put on love. Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart and thankfulness overflow in your life. Let the word of Christ – the message of the gospel and the fullness of God’s Word – govern every aspect of your life.
Worship God with reverence and joy, with heart and mind and soul and strength. Do it all in the name of Jesus.
Shoe compassion, kindness, and humility. Pastor Neil has more to say on this topic. Please click on the link below to hear the entire sermon.