Kindness

One of my favorite verses and one of the most probing verses of Scripture is Ephesians 4:32. It says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

In our next couple of posts we will examine the various aspects of this verse. It is quite a verse, and for most of us, a very difficult one to live and flesh out at times in our life. For now, start with the first part and be kind to the next six people you see!

The Will of God

A lot of interest and confusion surrounds the will of God and how specific it might be to an individual. I do not want to address that point today, but would like to speak to the basis of His will.

The Will of God is completely found in His Word. His love letter describes what His will is and how to do it. Example: It is His will is for you to be kind at all times. Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted …” Knowing this verse, it is His Will for you to always act in kindness! His will is rooted in His Word. Know and live His Word, and I will promise that you are in the Will of God!

“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17)

God is Amazing

In my message today, April 22, you can hear about a phenomenal concept and truth. It is the rainbow. God created and established the rainbow for His own sake. We just get to enjoy it! He did not create it for us to “remember” that He would not send a world-wide flood, but the Scripture states that He created it so that when He would see it He would remember His covenant promise! What an awesome God! None of us ever see the same rainbow, but God has made the rainbow for all of us to see! He truly is amazing and awesome!

In the state of CT

I find it interesting that the state of CT this week debated and are voting on the law of capital punishment. God placed me in the text this week where He, God, established the principle. I have heard on the news that it is antiquated and no longer valued. One congressman who is in favor of it gave his rationale that it should be kept when someone kills a police officer. (Does this mean that you and I are not as important?) God says we are all important to Him! Therefore, He gave this directive.

God’s answer to man and his sin, wrong choices, and rebellion is found in Genesis 9:6. This verse is the Institution of Government. I find it most interesting that God established government on the principle of capital punishment!

In Genesis 4 man went the way of Cain. This means that he chose to live apart from God’s instruction. At the end of that chapter, Lamech is boasting about his murderous actions. Society and culture that turns away from Jehovah God will create a society and culture resulting in anarchy and murder.

This is why God established Capital Punishment. You can call it old fashioned and antiquated, but God calls it the result of sin and the needed remedy for man’s sinfulness. Let’s practice Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.”

He Loves You!

In a BibleGateway poll, it was found that in 2010 John 3:16 was the most searched for Bible verse. I wonder if it is because people see someone at a sporting event wear a tie-dye shirt or colorful wig with the inscription on their chest. Or, is it because they are seeking for love? for God? The verse is the capstone of the Gospel! God so loved the world that He gave His only Son! This is true love! The love of God is so amazing, so astounding! A proper concept of sin, and a right concept of God will cause you to sit in amazement and thanksgiving!