Kindness to others is worship to God

I can already hear you theologians rolling that one around against all the scripture stored away in your brains. It may be a little bit of a stretch, but let me lead you there for a moment this Tuesday morning…

Titus 3:1-2 says, “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”

“To be obedient” carries two connotations…obedience to the rulers and authorities, and obedience to God. Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

So, what does He (God) command? A teacher of the law once asked Jesus this question: “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” (Mark 12:28). Jesus replied…and we should obey…,”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” He follows this in Matthew 22:40 with, “All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” He’s teaching us that if we can keep these two commandments to their fullest extent, we won’t have to worry or think about all the other commands He’s given, because living by these two will take care of obedience to all the other commands.

So when we obey the part about loving others as we love ourselves, we take care of the command summed up in Colossians 3, “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” One of the fruits of the spirit is kindness. Are you kind to others…no matter how kind they are to you?

When we display kindness to others, no matter the situation or circumstances, we are being obedient to God. In that obedience we are showing that we love Him. In loving Him, we are worshipping Him.

Kindness to others is worship to God.

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