A series of homilies on Ephesians.
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
TEXT: Ephesians 4:32:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
John Calvin said, “No task will be so base, provided you obey your calling in it, that it will not shine and be reckoned very precious in God’s sight.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we can live without revival, then we’re not where God wants us to be.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “As Christians became aware of what was happening on college campuses, their reactions were mixed. Many pious church members who lacked formal education were intimidated by those with formal degrees, so they did nothing. Others only prayed earnestly for those sons who had been sent off to the colleges to prepare for ministry. Few could have anticipated God’s solution to meet the challenge of the hour: God prepared an erudite mind that burned with passion to bring revival to the colleges.”
Today we continue looking at the command for the new man in Christ: “be ye kind one to another.” Kindness is demonstrated in many ways, some of which we looked at in our last message.
One of the descriptions of a kind nature is mildness. A person who is mild has a calm spirit. Meekness is another word that describes this type of person. A mild person is not quick-tempered, but patient and long-suffering. They are not easily provoked, not ready with a sharp retort at a moment’s notice. They value peace and harmony and seek to foster that in others by their own behavior. Jesus Christ has been described as meek and mild, and we should emulate Him.
Then, a kind person is pleasant; they are good-natured and cheerful. They are people whom others like to be around. They are also happy about the help that they offer. Their acts of kindness are accompanied by a smile and a Christ-like attitude.
Finally, a kind person is also benevolent. A benevolent person is one who has a giving spirit. Jesus told His disciples that it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” A benevolent person is compassionate, caring, and big-hearted. All of us, no matter what walk of life we come from, can be people who give. Jesus said, “the poor ye will always have with you.”
Lehman Strauss said, “Kindness should characterize believers in their relationships with one another. Kindness is that gentle, gracious, easy-to-be-entreated manner that permits others to be at ease in our presence. The word ‘kind’ comes from such words as ‘kin’ and ‘kindred,’ so that to deal kindly with others is to deal with them as our own kin. And after all, believers are brethren. Kindness expresses a warm sympathy and love for all men, both the righteous and evil doers.”
Christians are especially commanded to show kindness to the unsaved. In Luke 6, Jesus said, “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them… And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”
There are many ways that we can express kindness in the world. As Christians, we ought to be known as people of kindness.