Are You Characterized by Kindness?
Galatians 5: 22
JESUS CHRIST set in place a new world order for all ages. It is the kingdom of God. Where there is a kingdom there must be a king. Where there is a king and a kingdom there must be subjects.
When a loving king reigns and His loyal subjects obey, they take on the characteristics of their monarch.
We profess Christ to be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We pray, ''Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as in heaven...''
The characteristics of the King to be emulated by us, His subjects, are listed as ''the fruit of the Spirit'' in Galatians 5: 22. These are character traits becoming of kingdom citizens.
Having studied four of these let's place the fifth under our mental magnifying glass. It translates the Greek word CHRESTOTES.
With the passing of time word meanings often change. In 1610 when CHRESTOTES was translated in the AKJ it was interpreted ''gentleness.'' In more recent translations it is rendered ''kindness.'' In the language of this hour the meaning of CHRESTOTES is best found in our word ''kindness.'' Expanded it means moral goodness.
In a hour when man's inhumanity to man is expressed internationally and brutality manifested interpersonally, the church must not be mute on the subject.
Violence rules the streets of our cities and the corridors of our schools. Child abuse and a soaring murder rate are but two evidences that fury ferments in hearts that should be overflowing with kindness.
Though we live in a violent age few people are killed by kindness.
A legitimate question is whether a world starved for kindness will be influenced by kindness shown among and by kingdom citizens, OR will the ways of the world become the ways of the citizens of the kingdom of God? Even in the ranks of those who on Sunday sing the praises of the King some of His youthful subjects exploit what they consider to be weakness in their peers by belittling, berating, and barbin ...
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