by Stephen Whitney

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Unbelievable Kindness (9 of 10)
Series: Incredible Moments with Christ
Stephen Whitney
John 18:1-10

In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey tells of spending an evening with his two sons. They did a variety of things, ending with a movie. Four-year-old Sean fell asleep during the movie, and when it was over Covey picked him up in his arms, carried him to the car, and laid him in the back seat. It was very cold that evening, so he took off his coat and gently arranged it around the boy.

Later that evening it came time to ''tuck in'' six-year-old Stephen. Covey tried to talk to him about the evening, to find out what he had liked the most, but there was little response. Then, suddenly Stephen turned over on his side, facing the wall, and started to cry.

''What's wrong, honey? What is it?'' asked Covey. The boy turned back, chin quivering, eyes wet. ''Daddy,'' he asked, ''if I were cold, would you put your coat around me too?''

Covey wrote, ''Of all the events of that special night out together, the most important was a little act of kindness - a momentary, unconscious showing of love to his little brother.''

Teresa of Avila, Spain in the 1500's said, ''The nicest thing we can do for our Heavenly Father is to be kind to one of his children.''

It is easy to show kindness to those we know and love, but what about showing kindness to those we don't know or even harder showing kindness to those who are our enemy.

Kindness is the ability to treat your enemy decently.


Jesus knew he was going to be betrayed by one of his disciples, but he had to wait for the person to work out his plan and do it.

John 13:21 ''Jesus was troubled in his spirit and testified, 'I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.' ''

It was a mixed group coming to arrest Jesus, there were Roman soldiers, officers of the priests and the High priest himself who was leading the whole group to the garde ...

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