Faith & Life: Are You Kind or Has Your Love Grown Cold?


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Are You Kind or Has Your Love Grown Cold?

This World Needs More Love and Compassion

by J.M. Troppello


“Kindness makes a person attractive. If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.” – Alexander MacLaren

I saw this quote today and it really resonated with me because I can see that our world is growing cold. This should not be a surprise for the Christian because Jesus spoke of the signs of the Times and the End of the Age in Matthew 24:3-14. In verse 12, He said that “and because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”


I get it. Life is hard right now. Tensions are high. Inflation is rising. It’s been difficult for me lately to give my concerns over to God and trust that He is still in control. The Holy Spirit has been reminding me of the following verse the last few days.


Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
(Psalm 46:10, NKJV)

It’s been more difficult to care about other people’s troubles, because my troubles have been getting worse. However, remembering to be still and know that God is God has been helpful in getting me centered again on God. He is my Father. He is mighty to save. He has a plan and will always provide for me.


I have been reminded to take one moment at a time. That has helped me to become more gracious when talking to others that I encounter daily. Everyone is dealing with problems. I don’t need to add fuel to the fire by taking my frustrations out on anyone else. At least, that’s what I’ve been working on these days.


9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient[a] in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given[b] to hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have[c] regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:9-21, NKJV)

This passage from Romans 12:9-21 in my NKJV Bible is titled, Behave Like a Christian. Feel free to read through this entire passage. I want to focus on the first two verses. They speak of the following directives for the believer.


  • Don’t be hypocritical in how you love others

  • Despise what is evil

  • Cling to what is good

  • Be kind to one another

  • Give preference to one another


Those five instructions are just in the first two verses. You’ll gain so much more truth about how to behave like a Christian if you read, study, and apply the rest of this passage to your life.


It’s important to love all people, not just some people that you like. God loves everyone. Yes, you need to despise what is evil and call that out. However, you always need to speak the truth in love (See: Eph. 4:15). Do your best to be kind to everyone. You never know when your kindness and compassion can become an open door for God to redeem someone else’s life.


Are you being kind to others, or has your love grown cold?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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