Jul. 26, 2020
1. #trending: Stories of ____________, Meanness, And ____________
“Make sure you never pay back one wrong with another wrong. Instead, always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”
1 Thessalonians 5:15
“As God’s chosen people. holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
“Your kindness should be known to all!”
2. #kindness: ____________ in Action
a. The story of the Good Samaritan as told by Jesus. Luke 10:25-37
b. Jesus shows us at least three ____________ we might have toward other people.
i. We can choose to keep our ____________.
“There was a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead. It so happened that a Priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by on the other side.”
ii. We can choose to be ____________ but ultimately uncaring.
“In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, but then walked on by on the other side.”
iii. We can choose to show ____________.
“But a Samaritan who was traveling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity.”
“Always treat others as you would like them to treat you.”
c. How can we #trend toward #kindness?
i. We must see the ____________ of people around us.
“When he saw the man's condition, his heart went out to him.”
“Look out for the good of others.”
1 Corinthians 10:24
ii. We must sympathize with their ____________.
“When he saw him, his heart was filled with compassion.”
iii. The key to kindness is asking the right ____________.
Stop asking, “What is ____________ with them?”
Start asking, “What has ____________ to them?”
“Share each other's troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”
3. Action Steps…
a. We must seize the moments to ____________.
“He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.”
“Whenever we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it! But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers.”
“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person. Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.”
b. We must be willing to do whatever it ____________.
“Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he gave the innkeeper some silver and told him to take care of the man. He said, ‘If his bill runs higher than that, I'll pay the difference the next time I am here.’”
“Jesus asked, ‘Which of these 3 people would you say was a true neighbor to the one attacked?’ The man said, ‘The one who showed him kindness.’ Jesus replied, ‘You’re Right! Now YOU GO & DO the same!’”
“Being kind to the people in need is like lending to the Lord, and He will repay you for the kindness you have shown.”
“God saved you through faith as an act of his kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.”
c. The next time you read through the Gospels, rather than following the ____________ of Jesus, take time to follow the ____________ of Jesus…and then go and do likewise!