Living Like Christ: Kindness

Luke 17,18,19

What happens when a frog’s car dies?
He needs a jump.
If that doesn’t work he has to get it toad.

I hate spelling mistakes.
You mix up two letters and your whole joke urined.

Today we are going to look at several examples of the
kindness of Jesus. As we have discussed before, Jesus is
the perfect model of how God desires His children to live.

If you tried to find a passage of Scripture that says Jesus
is kind, you might be looking for quite some time, but
Jesus lived His life modelling kindness.

Kindness is one of God’s attributes.
If we aspire to Live Like Christ, we must also be kind to
others.

God is the author of kindness.

Jesus taught of the kindness of God in His sermon on the
mount. Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, and do
good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and
your reward will be great, and you will be sons of
the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful
and evil men.”

Kindness reflects the tender concern of God,
providing for helpless, hapless man what he never
could have provided for himself. from Preceptaustin.org

Paul described God’s kindness in his letter to Titus.
Titus 3:4-7 “But when the kindness of God our
Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He
saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have
done in righteousness, but according to His mercy,
by the washing of regeneration and renewing by
the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly
through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being
justified by His grace we would be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life.”

Let’s take some time to unpack these verses.
First, the kindness of God appeared, How?
In the form of Jesus. God put on flesh and came to earth
to show us kindness.

Second, we don’t deserve His kindness. He gives it
according to His mercy. In fact, we deserve His
punishment and death. Look at v.3. We didn’t read it, but
it describes who we were before God saved us,
disobedient, deceived, spending our life in malice and
envy, etc.
But by the grace of God, because of His kindness…
We were justified.

Third, by the washing of regeneration – He makes us
new creations. We talked about our new life two weeks
ago.
That’s a one time thing. The renewal is a constant
process. He has given the Holy Spirit to live inside of
every believer. He is always at work encouraging,
convicting, comforting, directing us.

Fourth, we are joint heirs with Christ, God adopts us and
makes us His children and grants us eternal life.

We see God’s kindness at work in His Son Jesus Christ.

Jesus Models Kindness Throughout His Ministry

Almost every story written about Him in the gospels
highlights His kindness.

Kindness reflects benevolence in action, kindliness
which disposes one to do good but not a goodness
qualitatively but a goodness in action and
expressed in deed. Kindness is that temper or
disposition which delights in contributing to the
happiness of others, which is exercised cheerfully
in gratifying their wishes and which supplies their
wants or alleviates their distresses.
From preceptaustin.org
Jesus’ life is marked by benevolence in action.

This morning we are going to look at 3 Examples of
Jesus’ Kindness, all from the gospel of Luke.

The first one is found in Luke 17:11-19
Jesus Heals 10 Lepers

Kindness has No Boundaries

Jesus showed kindness to all 10 lepers.
He didn’t only heal the Jews, He healed them all.

The Bible doesn’t tell us how many of the 10 were
Samaritans, but it says that the only one who came back
was a Samaritan. Kindness is for all people. We should be
generous with our kindness and share it with even those
who don’t look or sound like we do.

Kindness Inspires Thankfulness

Even though only one of the men came back to thank
Jesus, our response should always be thankfulness.
These men had to be separated from their families and
friends due to their illness, but Jesus cured them and
they would be reunited with their loved ones.
It’s sad that only one of them returned to offer thanks to
Jesus for healing him.

The second example of Jesus’ kindness is
Luke 18:35-43
Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

Kindness Causes Rejoicing/Praising God

Jesus showed kindness by healing blind Bartimaeus.
The people around Him kept telling the blind man to be
quiet, but he kept calling to Jesus, asking for Him to have
mercy on him.

Jesus had no obligation to restore his sight. He did it out
of kindness.

Notice the response of not only the blind man, but those
who saw it as well.
Bartimaeus began following Jesus, glorifying God.
We should all be so grateful for our salvation and for
every kindness that God has shown us that we praise
Him and follow Him like Bartimaeus did.

The people who saw it also gave praise to God.
They recognized a miracle and saw the power of God
working through Jesus.

Kindness doesn’t just affect the one who receives it,
others benefit from seeing kindness shown.

The third example of Jesus’ kindness is
Luke 19:1-10
Zaccheus Converted
Almost everyone knows the story of Zaccheus.
The wee little man who climbed up the Sycamore tree so
he could see Jesus.
When Jesus got near He asked him to come down and
invited Himself to Zaccheus’ house.
He showed this tax collector, who was likely despised by
all but the Romans, kindness.

Kindness has No Boundaries

Jesus didn’t care about Zaccheus’ history.
He only cared about his future.
He showed kindness by coming to his house.
Other Jews never would have darkened the door of a tax
collector’s house.

Kindness may lead to Salvation

Psalm 3:8 tells us Salvation belongs to the Lord
Undoubtedly Jesus’ kindness led to Zaccheus’ salvation.
We too can be a part of sharing kindness which may lead
someone to faith in Christ.
I’ve never heard of someone leading a person to Christ
through anger, rage or hatefulness.

Romans 2:4 “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His
kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that
the kindness of God leads you to repentance?”

God desires for everyone to turn to Him and flee from
their sin. He is kind and patient so that people would
repent and be saved.

APPLICATION

Practice Kindness – We should practice kindness on
people of all races and backgrounds.
It’s not our job to decide who deserves our kindness.
Listen to what the prophet Micah said about it.

Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you but to do
justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with
your God?”

How will you practice kindness?