The Wisdom To Be Kind
Passage: Proverbs 11:17, Proverbs 21:21, Proverbs 28:12-14
Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 2:4 & Matthew 11:29 (ESV)
"Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? … Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Intro: What comes to your mind when you hear the word “kind”?
THE LORD IS HOLY — AND KIND
What does it mean that the LORD is kind?
CONSIDER THE ALTERNATIVE
How does twisting God’s design render us cruel and hard-hearted?
KIND TO HIS ENEMIES
When we were His enemies, how did the LORD treat us?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US …
1. Worship the LORD for His kindness. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for how His loving kindness endures forever, especially in light of what we deserve in our sin.
2. How have you lived with unkind ways or with a hard disposition. Confess your hard-heartedness to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you and (by His Spirit) to change your heart into His likeness.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for His ultimate kindness to do such ultimate good to you and to do it so freely. Thank Him for dying in your place, without hesitation, and for giving His righteousness to you without regret.
4. Who do you know that is hard-hearted or unkind? Pray for them, asking the Lord to help them to see their spiritual peril and that He would have mercy on them as He has had upon you.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you the fruit of love and kindness. Read Titus 3:3-7 and pray for such a grasp of His mercy and kindness to you in Christ that your heart would overflow with kindness toward others.
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