KINDNESS IS THE DOOR TO THE HUMAN HEART
I believe that the door to the heart is kindness. Some people have not been shown much kindness their entire life. They’re afraid that people are going to use kindness to manipulate them. They never open that door anymore to receive it. The community of believers are to be different. Aren’t we? We’re to show kindness with no strings attached.
It was an avalanche of the goodness of God. We want to show kindness because God has been kind of us and we can’t think of any other way we should live except being kind to everyone.
We don’t need another agenda. God is kind. We want to be kind. We want to reflect this and be nurtured. We want to nurture the same way that He has nurtured us.
Let’s look at another Bible verse:
“To slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate and show true humility to all men” (Titus 3:2).
When I teach on biblical leadership I cover this same thing. Isn’t it interesting that this same truth is also the reality of what God is like?
Biblical leadership means showing that while the culture lives a certain way, the community of Christ should live another way because we’re a unique people. We have a different standard that we live by than the system of the world.
What is God’s standard? It is that we are to slander no one. Nobody would stand here and admit, “Hey, do you know how many people I slandered this week?” I don’t know about you, but I have to admit that I can catch myself slandering people from time to time.
After a certain level of spiritual maturity, most of us would think that leaders in the faith would stop doing that. But I still have the Lord warning me every now and then “Don’t indulge it even a little bit.”
It’s so easy to go there, isn’t it? It’s too easy to put someone down and be critical of people. God has challenged me. “You have got to stop doing that.” Avoiding slander of others has got to become intentional with many of us. We can talk about issues, but do not slander people.
Many years ago, I had just launched out into founding Plumbline Ministries. There was this church in Minneapolis and their leadership asked me, “Would you come and do a conference on who God is as a father?”
I said, “Absolutely. I’d love to do that.”
I believe that one thing God has spoken to me and revealed deeply to me is that He is a father. It’s transformed me.
If you’ve not heard me tell the story before, I grew up in a broken home where my father was largely absent. This was a really big issue for me. It’s a really powerful me for me in my life to know God as a father.
As a man, I long for a father. All of us long for a father, but that’s another issue for another time. I nave spent a lot of time studying this idea. This is what God is like as a father. So, this congregation invited me to do this conference on the Fatherhood of God.