This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “Living is Christ”.
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We are in a series called Living is Christ. Last week we talked about the Holy Spirit. Remember that we are yielding to the Holy Spirit and he is putting this new self that has been created by God on us. This is not just behavior shifts, this is change from the inside out. This week I want to talk to you about being kind and compassionate.
Ephesians 4:22-32 (NIV)
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32a (NIV)
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another,
1. Old self attitudes
We have been looking at the attitudes of the new self, and seeing how they contrast with the attitudes of the old self. So far these wrong attitudes have been easy to spot, but today we are going to look at some old self attitudes that we might be more tempted to try and control, rather than actually putting them off.
What are the new attitudes that the Holy Spirit is working in us to replace these old attitudes?
Compassion, kindness, and forgiveness. Let’s looks at compassion and kindness this week and we will spend our time next week talking about forgiveness.
God is compassionate. God is kind, God is forgiving. He calls his children to be the same.
Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
“Compassion.” When the Bible was written, it was believed that the emotions originated in the bowels. Out of compassion comes “kindness.”
Kindness is action that reveals compassion.
A definition of the kindness of God is – The steadfast love that maintains relationships through gracious aid in times of need.
Ephesians 2:4-7 (NIV)
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
A definition of kindness as a human virtue – helpfulness to others prompted by an experience of God’s redemptive love.
Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
The reason we are unkind is often because we are wrapped up in ourselves and see everything from a very limited perspective. How does this affect me?
Philippians 2:3-5 (NIV)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Do you remember the WWJD phase? It had quite a bit of impact for a season. It is still a good question to ask in life situations. He is our model for life and ministry. In a culture consumed with selfish ambition and vain conceit, we should be thinking about what Jesus would do all the time. He demonstrated amazing compassion and kindness.
Next week we will spend our time looking at forgiveness. This week, think about how you can demonstrate the compassion and kindness of God to the people you encounter.