Kindness Speaks Volumes – What Jesus Taught
Key Bible Verse: Most important of all, you must sincerely love each other, because love wipes away many sins. 1 Peter 4:8
Dig Deeper: 1 Peter 4: 8-11
Loving our neighbors is one of the most important behaviors for a Christian. Consider a sample of references from the teaching of Jesus:
- “And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you …. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Matt. 5: 41-42, 44
- “And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward” Matt. 10:42
- “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” Matt. 19:19 This command is repeated eight times in the New Testament.
The fact that God has commanded us to be kind to people is itself a sufficient reason to do it. We know that God will never ask us to do something that is ultimately hurtful.
There are times when kindness may feel costly, but often the very things that are most costly to us God transforms into a means of blessing. Is this not what Jesus taught when he said, “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” in Matt. 16:25?
—Ajith Fernando in Reclaiming Love
My Response: Who do I find most difficult to love? What small step am I willing to take to demonstrate God’s love for this person?
Thought to Apply: Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can and as long as you can. —John Wesley (Methodist founder, theologian)
Adapted from Reclaiming Love (Zondervan, 2013)