God’s Kindness found in Romans
One of the Facebook posts that has struck me the most lately is:
In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
This quote has appeared over and over again in my news feed. And these past few weeks and months of hearing about many of the disheartening events and interactions in our news-these words seem to ring out even louder to be heard. I even find myself asking “why aren’t we practicing kindness?”
And then I began reading Romans-in reading through the New Testament. (Yes, I am behind). And right there in the second chapter of Romans, Paul speaks directly to kindness.
Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance!! What a powerful message! God has not judged me or my actions, but has offered grace and mercy when I have turned to him. And in the second chapter of Romans, Paul emphasizes the need for changing the way we look at laws and judgment of others. As I have heard said before, it’s as if Paul is reminding us that things aren’t always as they seem!
- What if we saw ourselves as agents of God’s kindness to the world?
- Would there be a more peaceful opportunity to turn from our hurtful ways?
- Instead of addressing issues and problems with harsh judgement, what if we sought out more ways to offer grace and mercy?
- What if we offered solutions to problems that were full of God’s kindness? Could it lead to repentance?
Thank you Paul for speaking a word to us when our spirits feel less than calm.
If you missed Sunday’s Sermon or want to hear it again, read or listen here: Fathers: How Good Men Can Change the World
Sunday Morning Small Group Series – Half Truths
We are exploring the truth behind common sayings, such as Everything Happens for a Reason, God’s Helps Those Who Helps Themselves, and Love the Sinner Hate the Sin. They sound Christian – like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard them. Maybe we’ve even said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Discover the whole truth by comparing Christian cliches with the wisdom found in Scripture.
Sunday Mornings from 9:45 – 10:30 am
This Week at Hood
Wednesday, June 20, no Prayer & Inspiration
Wednesday, June 20, 6:00 pm – “Young-ish” Small Group Meeting
Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am – Worship – Faces of Our Faith: Deborah (Judges 8 & 9); Special Guest Musician playing handbells, Fellowship Lunch & fundraiser immediately following worship-Sub Sandwich bar
Monday, June 25th-Women’s Circles Meeting, Salad Bar dinner
Tuesday, June 26th-Volunteer opportunity at DUMA Food Pantry, 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Saturday, July 7th-4th of July Celebration at the Lashmit Lakehouse, 1:00 pm
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