Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Little League Games (Part 3)
Kids Without Kindness
His merciful kindness is great toward us.
Psalm 117:2 (NKJV)
What is desired in a man is kindness.
Proverbs 19:22 (NKJV)
To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Job 6:14 (NKJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
A major league error among modern-day Christians is unkindness. Unkindness is a spot on the witness of Christ. Unkindness is customary in the world. But 'You do not belong to the world' (John 15:19). God's stars are held to a higher standard. You must shine without 'Spot or wrinkle or any such thing' (Ephesians 5:27).
An act of unkindness in baseball might be any type of unsportsmanlike conduct, such as an intentional hit with a ball. It can get a player ejected from the game.
An act of unkindness in entertainment might be any type of ungodly conduct, such as an intentional hit with an insult. It can get a performer ejected from the cast. Examples: judgmental remarks about hot-button topics, including gay marriage and abortion. We may hate sin, but we must love sinners.
Because God loves us, and we have sinned. We sin still, because we are all works in progress. Incredibly, God chooses to see us as clean because we choose to follow His Son. Nevertheless and all the more, we are no man's judge: 'Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned' (Luke 6:37).
People must know that you care before they care what you know.
If Jesus is our Perfecter, if perfection comes by His Spirit, if His Spirit enters His followers, if His followers are commissioned to spread good news, if the best news is the love of Christ, then how can unkindness be our calling card?
By acts of unkindness, the brilliant performances of actors, models and talent for Christ become void.
Therefore, be the kindest performer on every field and every set.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Little League Games series.