Luke 14: Putting Kindness Back in Christmas

Luke 14:12-14

“When you make a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shall be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shall be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”

It was said of Ebenezer Scrooge, ” He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.”  Of course this was after a life-altering change experienced on Christmas Eve!  He is visited by three ghosts who help motivate a spirit of kindness in the man whose name has become almost synonymous with unkindness.

“Kind” is one of those words that have become so common that it loses some of its impact.  We tell children, “Be kind.”  We treat kindness as one of those nebulous virtues that we affirm but to which we seldom aspire.

Yet it is one of God’s attributes and is manifested most clearly through His Son, Jesus (Titus 3:4; Romans 2:4; Ephesians 2:7).  If we celebrate Christmas we should celebrate kindness.  When we celebrate kindness we celebrate Jesus.  When we practice kindness we emulate Jesus.

Jesus would say, “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.”

Why is it important to be kind?

·         Kindness pleases God through our obedience.

“Be ye kind, one to another.”

·         Kindness reminds us that we are ultimately accountable to God.

Not every kindness will be rewarded or appreciated on earth.

·         Kindness displays the glory of God to this world.

  It gives them a personal experience of divine grace and kindness.

Jerry Vines writes that the Greek word for gentleness (kindness, goodness) is “Chrestos.”  The Greek name of Jesus is “Christos.”  It is said that in the early years of the Christian faith, pagans confused these words.  They couldn’t decide if Christianity was a religion based on someone named Christos or a religion based on Chrestos, kindness.  If only today, people coming in contact with Christians could be so confused.”

Let’s make kindness a part of Christmas once again!

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