Here’s the Next Part of This Amazing Fruit

Add to love, joy, peace and patience: “Gentleness.” Does this mean that we are to be “softies?” No! In fact, it requires a special kind of strength. The basic thought seems to be that we should be kind to people. Perhaps you are thinking that that is not hard to do. You would be right, if you are talking about likeable people, nice people. When we think of being kind to obnoxious people, ignorant people, mean people, immoral people, it requires Divine strength. Paul was inspired to give this order to the church at Rome (and to each of us who are born again): “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). Often, we are asked that if we are kind to sinful people, are we not condoning the “wrong” in people. This kind of reasoning comes from failure to understand that we can be firm and kind at the same time. We can take a firm stand in a kind way. We can call sin, sin! At the same time, we can be kind to the one sinning. Responding in kindness to the one sinning may make this person open to a Godly appeal to come to Jesus. In any event, God was kind to us, when we were enemies. “Recue the Perishing,” by Fanny Crosby, contains a stanza that speaks eloquently to today’s subject: “Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, feelings lie buried that grace can restore; touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,  chords that are broken will vibrate once more.” Selah! This fruit is becoming more and more exciting; only God could produce a fruit that has all these qualities and is so satisfying.  Ron

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One thought on “Here’s the Next Part of This Amazing Fruit

  1. “be not overcome with evil,but overcome evil with good!”
    the Holy Spirit brought that verse to my mind on my drive home from my piano students last night,
    wednesday, june 28, 2017,
    after i had taught them the song: “hava nagila” (come let’s sing and rejoice)!
    thanks for the repetition, pastor ron!

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