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A More Excellent Way. Pt. 2 - Kindness. “But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way .” 1 Cor. 12:31. Love. 1 Cor. 13:4-8a. Description of Love. 4. Love suffers long and is kind ; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

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A More Excellent Way

Pt. 2 - Kindness

“But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” 1 Cor. 12:31

Love

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1 Cor. 13:4-8a

Description of Love

4. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

5. does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

6. does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

7. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8. Love never fails.

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Love

1 Cor. 13:4-8a

Description of Love

Guilelessness

Sincerity

Spiritual strength

Open-Mindedness

Optimism

Faithfulness

Loverly

Patience

Kindness

Generosity

Humility

Courtesy

Unselfishness

Good temper

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A More Excellent Way

Pt. 2 - Kindness

“Love is kind”

Kindness is the flip side of Patience !

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Definition of Kindness

Greek = to be kind, loving merciful, good, gracious

Websters = of a sympathetic nature = friendly, of a forbearing nature; gentle, of a pleasant nature; agreeable, stressing a disposition to be helpful, affectionate, loving

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Definition of Kindness

Kindness is goodness in action.

Kindness is the active part of Love.

Patience is more a passive part of love.

Patience = I’ll take anything from my enemies

Kindness = I’ll give anything to my enemies

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

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Examples of Kindness

Abraham and Lot

Gen.13:7-8 “Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.”

Lot was selfish and greedy.

Abraham could have said “I’m more important”

Love is Kind !

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Examples of Kindness

Christ

Miracles of Healing

Leper - Matt. 8:1-4

Sight for blind man - John 9

Man with palsy - Mark 2:3-12

Miracles of Supply

Water to wine - John 2:1-11

Feeding of 5,000 - Matt. 14:15-21

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Examples of Kindness

Paul received Kindness

2 Tim. 1:16-18 “The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:”

Onesiphorus showed kindness to Paul while Paul was in prison.

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Kindness in Action

Kindness in their speech

Pro. 31:26 “In her tongue is the law of kindness.”

An old woman was asked why she had so many friends.

“I suppose it is because I taste my words before I speak them.”

“To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.”

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Kindness in Action

Should be found in our thoughts

Kindness to

Family - Friends - Brethren

“Do a good deed every day”

“…went about doing good.” Acts 10:38

“Love will cover a multitude of sins” 1 Pet.4:8

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What will Kindness Do for us ?

Make us more like our heavenly Father

Luke 6:34-35 “for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”

Happiness will Increase

Happiness is a by-product of making others happy.

Ephesians 4:32 NKJV “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.”

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Goodness

The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22

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A More Excellent Way

Pt. 2 - Kindness

Love in Action

Kindness is the mark of a gentleman.

Kindness makes a person attractive.

Kindness is an ingredient of Love.

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Dear God,

Please make all the good people nice.

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Kindness

“Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your modus operandi and change your world. ”

“Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

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Love

1 Cor. 13:4-8a

Description of Love

Guilelessness

Sincerity

Spiritual strength

Open-Mindedness

Optimism

Faithfulness

Loverly

Patience

Kindness

Generosity

Humility

Courtesy

Unselfishness

Good temper

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A More Excellent Way

Pt. 2 - Kindness

“Love is Kind”

Love

Kindness is love in action.

It is love doing good.

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A Picture

Of Kindness

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Evening July 21, 2013