“Being Kind to Others”

“Being Kind to Others”
Woodlawn Baptist Church

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Jesus often told stories to help his listeners know what to do.  He demanded that we love our neighbor as ourselves.  In Luke 10:25-37 (read here), Jesus explains the story of the Good Samaritan to a lawyer.
A certain man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho was severely attacked by thieves and left for dead.  As he was lying half dead three individuals came across him; a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan.  Both the priest and Levite saw this man and passed him by.  It wasn’t until the Samaritan came that anyone had compassion on this beaten man.  The Samaritan cleaned all of his wounds and paid for him to stay in an Inn and be taken care of.  Wow, imagine if everyone had the heart of the Good Samaritan!!!

This is exactly the way God wants us to treat our neighbors.  Our neighbors are anyone in need.  He wants us to show mercy on them, no matter who they are.  We shouldn’t discriminate or refuse to help another person because they may not be just like us.  Often times we tend to ignore such people as the homeless because they do not appear to be the same way we are.  God wants us to be kind to EVERYONE, not just our friends and family members.

Something to think about: Jesus should be our example for how we should treat other people.  His word reminds us that we should be kind to one another.  Growing up as a child, I’m sure we have all been taught The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  It is very easy to take on the role of the priest or Levite and just “pass by on the other side.”  If being kind to others is an area of your life where you feel it is difficult, be in constant prayer that God changes you to have the heart of a Good Samaritan.

1 Comment

  1. Great word!!! Yes, if everyone had the heart of the Samaritan, this world would be less wounded.

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