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Radio transcript for the week of January 29, 2017

Harold Bigham speaks on "Be Kind" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Lesson Texts:
Ephesians 4:32 - "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 - "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."

Lesson
The word, "Be" shows a willingness to act; it implies a determination to start and implement action. The Bible provides this small word "Be" in combination with other words to encourage people to act on God's commands to make us better people. Today, we investigate the need to "Be Kind"; Ephesians 4:32, "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."; 1 Corinthians 13:4, "Charity suffereth long, and is kind".

The world would be a better place if we all were kind to each other. Think about kindness. The very word "Kind" makes your heart glad. It brings comfort.

  1. Be Kind to All.
    Kindness doesn't discriminate. Kindness is for all. Kindness is given and received. Acts 20:35, "I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."

    Some may only be kind to family or those in their own inner circle. James speaks of helping others outside of the physical family and speaks of those in the body of Christ assisting fellow Christians and others as well. James 2:15-16, states, "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?"

    Galatians 6:10, "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."

    John states in 1 John 3:17-18, "But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."

  2. Be Kind at Times When You Want to Retaliate.
    This goes against human nature. Why be kind to the one who is not kind toward you?
    • We are not to be vindictive and unkind to our enemies.
      • Matthew 5:44 - "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."
    • God is the One who will vindicate matters.
      • Romans 12:19 - "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."
      • Hebrews 10:30 - "For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people."
    • Jesus did not retaliate.
      • 1 Peter 2:21-24 - "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
  3. A little kindness goes along way. Be kind.

  4. Kindness in action - Some Acts of Kindness.
    • Kindness can be a spoken word. "Thank you" is a rare phrase today. We need more "Thank You's" spoken today. Other spoken kindnesses could be "You are doing a great job" to the cashier, person answering the phone at a business, repair or technician; "You look beautiful today" to the aged.
    • Kindness can be a smile. Smile instead of frowning. A smile will cheer others. A smile shows a kind heart.
    • Kindness can be expressed in deeds. We live in a fast paced society. Let's slow down. Slow down enough to do some kind deeds. Do something for someone that is needed.
    • Jesus was kind to those He came in contact with. He went about doing good; Acts 10:38, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
    • Dorcas, a great Christian lady; Acts 9:36, "Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms-deeds which she did."
    • Macedonian brethren who were themselves in poverty gave beyond their financial ability to help others; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, "Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God."

Conclusion:
Are you a Christian? God's plan reveals that after hearing the gospel taught, that we are to have faith (Romans 10:17; Mark 16:15-16). This faith leads us to repent of our sins and to confess the good name of Christ as the only begotten Son of God (Luke 13:3,5; Romans 10:9-10). The final step of God's plan of salvation is scriptural baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Baptism puts one into Christ and into His church (Acts 2:42-47). Paul wrote, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."(Galatians 3:26-27). Jesus' blood is that which will wash away our sins. It is by contacting His blood that we have the grace of God and our sins are forgiven. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7).

Will you consider our study today and then respond in loving obedience to the commands of God? Thank you for studying with us today. May God bless you as you continue to read and study the Bible.

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