A few months back, I heard a sermon about kindness. Let me share two points that made an impact on me: (1) kindness leads to repentance and (2) being an ambassador of kindness (A.O.K.)
Let’s briefly discuss both of them.
(1) Kindness leads to repentance. This concept is found in Romans 2:4, “…that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.” I wonder how many people actually know this or better yet, believe it? I think many people feel like this instead: they screw up (whatever that means for them) – God gets mad at them – they ask for forgiveness and then hit the repeat button for years. To me, that is a cyclic issue of not having the right perception of a kind, loving Father. Instead of growing closer to God and more mature in the understanding of who He is and who you are – you actually become stagnate, never satisfied with how you relate to God leading to frustration instead of repentance. And what is repentance – it is a turning away; a change/renewal in mindset. God’s kindness renews, refreshes and releases us into the very call that God has on our lives. How much more then should we be kind to one another?
One other thought about this – how do our actions influence our children? Do they lead to frustration or repentance? Is our kindness evident? Click here to learn why it matters.
(2) Being an A.O.K. An ambassador is defined as: a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity. 2 Cor. 5:20 reads, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us…” Catch that – we are Christ’s ambassador thus God makes His appeal through us to people around us. Our attitude, language, actions, etc… matter greatly! We are to be promoters of kindness and that kindness that works in and through us will be God himself making an appeal for repentance. How crazy is that? Our kindness or lack thereof can influence someone toward or away from God? So next time you think you can not be an A.O.K., remember the words of Dalai Lama, “Be kind whenever possible; it is always possible!”