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Topical Study on Kindness Kindness shows itself when we treat other people deferentially, going beyond being merely polite in order gently and tenderly to extend warmth and love. Kindness involves a generosity of spirit, a desire to say or do something that ennobles another person and makes them feel cared for and cherished. Somewhat... Kindness for Repentance Commentary/Exegesis by Mark D. Roberts https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/kindness-repentance-0 Commentary/Exegesis by Mark D. Roberts Topics: Kindness , Repentance , Grace Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling This devotional on Romans 2:4 teaches that we steadfastly hold on to God’s moral standards, yet we must do so kindly, in order to lead sinners to God’s amazing grace. Even One Cup Sermon (Complete) by Marcea Paul https://episcopalchurch.org/library/sermon/even-one-cup-pentecost-4-june-28-2020 Sermon (Complete) by Marcea Paul Topics: Kindness , Pentecost , Water , Hospitality Source: Sermons That Work In this sermon on Matthew 10:40-42, Marcea Paul reflects on showing kindness and hospitality to others as God has demonstrated. Australian Writer Led to Christ by a Neighbor's Kindness Sermon Illustration by John Dickson http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2012/april/3043012.html Sermon Illustration by John Dickson Topics: Kindness , Faith , Evangelism , Compassion Source: Preaching Today In this sermon illustration for Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 5:13-16, or Mark 12:31, Tim Winton tells the story of how a stranger showing him kindness opened the way for him to become a Christian believer. Justice and Kindness Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2013/10/confession-psalm-14517-18.html Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst Topics: Kindness , Love , Sin , Confession Source: Re-Worship Christine Longhurst presents Bruce Prewer's prayer of confession and words of assurance inspired by Psalm 145:17-18, asking for "the grace of a new beginning and the joy of an enlarged love for [God]." A Quote Illustrating Kindness, Compassion, and Dignity Sermon Starter/Outline by John D MacDonald http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/?post_type=cfe-readforpreach&p=3367 Sermon Starter/Outline by John D MacDonald Topics: Kindness , Compassion , Image of God , Love Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching This quote from "Darker than Amber" by John D. MacDonald illustrates seeing the dignity in all people and showing kindness and compassion to all people, regardless of their profitable abilities. Coming Together Sermon Starter/Outline by Todd Pick https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship-planning/lent-2019-worship-planning-series/fourth-sunday-in-lent-2019-year-c-planning-notes/fourth-sunday-in-lent-2019-year-c-preaching-notes Sermon Starter/Outline by Todd Pick Topics: Lent , Creation , Reconciliation , The New Birth Source: Discipleship Ministries In these Lenten sermon notes on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Todd Pick and Jennifer Pick introduce the Hebrew phrase "Tikkun Olam" - to repair the world through acts of kindness, faith, and love. Three Homilies from One Text Sermon (Complete) by Charles H. Spurgeon https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/three-homilies-from-one-text Sermon (Complete) by Charles H. Spurgeon Topics: Faith , Power , Christ , Sickness Source: The Spurgeon Center In this sermon on Matthew 4:23-25, C.H. Spurgeon notes that the warrants/seals of Jesus' ministry are deeds of mercy, works of blessing, grace, and loving-kindness. Love in Acts of Kindness Sermon Illustration by Richard J. Foster http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1998/march/5055.html Sermon Illustration by Richard J. Foster Topics: Kindness , Love , Compassion Source: Preaching Today A quote from Richard Foster appropriate for messages on 1 Corinthians 13:4: "Love is not communicated in the big event but in the small acts of kindness." The Prodigal's Reception Sermon (Complete) by Charles H. Spurgeon https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/the-prodigals-reception Sermon (Complete) by Charles H. Spurgeon Topics: Father , Goodness of God , Attributes of God Source: The Spurgeon Center 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon addresses the condition of the seeker who, like the prodigal, is yet a long way off and he matchless kindness of the heavenly Father, who embraces us as his children. A Sword to Cut Through Our Excuses Sermon (Complete) by James Liggett https://episcopalchurch.org/library/sermon/there-delightful-book-proper-13-c-2001 Sermon (Complete) by James Liggett Topics: Virtue , Sanctification Source: Sermons That Work Defeating our excuses, James Liggett's sermon on Colossians 3:1-17 argues that "we are called to treat another with kindness, compassion, humility, meekness, and patience just and only because this is the way God treats us." A Same Kind of Different Article by Brian Volck http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2014/05/a-same-kind-of-different/ Article by Brian Volck Topics: Kindness , Easter , Bread , Eating Source: Ekklesia Project The practices of Easter joy may not yet be second nature. Nevertheless God is patient, slow to anger, rich in kindness and mercy. Knowing Christ in the breaking of the bread can take a lifetime, perhaps... Working Together Toward Racial Reconciliation Article by Joy J. Moore https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/working-together-toward-racial-reconciliation/ Article by Joy J. Moore Topics: Racism , Reconciliation , Church , Social Justice Source: Fuller Studio Joy Moore and William Pannell discuss racial reconciliation, attempting "to address the requirement to practice justice, favor kindness, and live so that God is glorified by testimonies against sin in our contemporary reality." It Sounds So Simple Sermon (Complete) by G. Cole Gruberth https://episcopalchurch.org/library/sermon/fourth-sunday-after-epiphany-1 Sermon (Complete) by G. Cole Gruberth Topics: Kindness , Epiphany , Justice , God's Mercy Source: Sermons That Work This sermon by G. Cole Gruberth for Epiphany focuses on how following Jesus leads to doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God in light of the Beatitudes. Robin Hood Foundation Born from a Simple Act of Kindness Sermon Illustration by Adapted from Mark Batterson http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/october/6100917.html Sermon Illustration by Adapted from Mark Batterson Topics: Kindness , Illustration , Love your neighbor Source: Preaching Today This sermon illustration uses the lasting impact of one act of kindness to demonstrate how and why Christians are called to love their neighbors as themselves (Matthew 22:34-39). Memoirs of a Griever Article by Catherine J.F. Sietkiewicz https://onbeing.org/blog/memoirs-of-a-griever/ Article by Catherine J.F. Sietkiewicz Topics: Death , Grief , Life , Time Source: On Being There is no handbook for grief. With grace, kindness, and gentleness, Catherine J.F. Sietkiewicz candidly shares her experience of mourning after the unexpected loss of her father. Crowded Kindnesses Article by Robb Redman https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/crowded-kindnesses Article by Robb Redman Topics: Generosity , Grace , Humility Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling Robb Redman offers a short reflection on generosity and how celebrating what others give perpetuates generosity. Heartbreak and Hope: Three Questions about Suffering Article by Parker J. Palmer https://onbeing.org/blog/heartbreak-and-hope-three-questions-about-suffering/ Article by Parker J. Palmer Topics: Kindness , Hope , Suffering , Heart Source: On Being In the wake of the Paris attacks (2015), Parker Palmer highlights the importance of "wounded healers" and what we can do to let heartbreak open ourselves to suffering and the kindness necessary for social change. Kindness for Repentance Commentary/Exegesis https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/kindness-repentance-1 Commentary/Exegesis Topics: Sin , Witness , Forgiveness Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling This devotional on Romans 2:1 suggests that it’s only when we freely acknowledge our own failures that people will be able to hear from us the good news of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Love in Action Article by Tricia Brown https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/4722/love-in-action Article by Tricia Brown Topics: Kindness , Love , Love your neighbor , Children Source: Ministry Matters Contrasting the romantic love of Valentine's Day with Christian self-giving love that manifests through kindness, Tricia Brown's article on John 13:24-35 provides several ideas that encourage children to develop their capacities to love on Valentine's Day. Kindness of One Christian Changes Novelist's Life Sermon Illustration by John Dickson http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2010/october/2100410.html Sermon Illustration by John Dickson Topics: Kindness , Love your neighbor , Witness , Compassion Source: Preaching Today In this sermon illustration, John Dickson tells the story of a man from a church showing up to help his sick father bathe.

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