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Series: The Power of Kindness
Pastor Kerry Shook
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"Love ... is not rude, it is not self seeking." 1 Cor. 13:5 (NIV)
Respect is treating others with value and honor
"Show proper respect to everyone." 1 Peter 2:17 (NIV)
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' " Matt. 25: 34-40 (NIV)
1. Remember God Created Everyone
"You (God) made man inferior only to yourself; you crowned him with glory and honor." Psalm 8:5 (GN)
I want you to take out your outlines from your program, if you'd like. Open your Bibles to Matthew 25. We're continuing the series that I'm calling "The Power of Kindness." As we've learned, kindness is giving away love. It's love in action. We're taking a verse-by-verse look at 1 Corinthians 13 that most of you know is the love chapter. But it could just as well be called the kindness chapter, because it gives us the picture of what love looks like when it's given away...when it's turned into kindness.
So let's look at the next verse today, as we're taking it verse by verse. 1 Corinthians 13: 5. Would you read it out loud with me?
Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking. So love is not rude. So what is rudeness? It is simply a lack of respect for others. Rudeness reveals that I could care less about you. I'm only thinking about myself. I can summarize rudeness in one word. Selfishness. But, folks, there's no doubt about it. Rudeness is on the rise. People are more abusive of each other than at any other time, physically and verbally. A while back, I pulled out onto the freeway, and a car came right up next to me, almost hit my bumper. I guess they felt like I'd pulled out in front of them and cut them off on the freeway. I really didn't mean to. But, they pulled around the side of me, rolled down their window and they gave me that unfriendly kind of wave. You know the one I'm talking about. So I just shot it right back at her. Not really...I'm just kidding, just kidding. Folks, I'm a pastor.