Kindness: Fueled By Christ

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I hung my head as I watched another debate go down on Facebook. You have seen them right? They spring up over theological issues. People standing up for the “name of Christ” and “His Word.” Yet I wonder how their desire to be right with a lack of kindness shows anything about Christ.

While technology has brought some incredible things, I fear it is killing kindness.  I wonder what instant access to social media is doing to relationships. You may not even realize it, but social media has created a protective barrier where things are said that would never be said in person.  How is this walking in Christ?

This is a problem especially when it comes from the body of Christ. It’s a problem when the body of Jesus becomes cruel.

Colossians addresses what it means to walk in Christ. This book details a stark contrast between the old self and the new self.

Read Colossians 3:6-17. Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle and let’s make a list. At the top of the page on the left write “Old Self” and the on right write “New Self.” Now re-read these verses slowly and make a list on what you learn about the old self and the new self.

Be sure to pay attention to verse 12, because that is going to be the focus.

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Kindness is not just a quality, but a quality that acts. There is action involved in kindness.

Often when I look at myself compared to Colossians 3 I realize how much I lack in all these things. How can I be kind without action?

That is when I am reminded that kindness is not something I can do apart from Christ. Kindness is a part of Christ’s covenantal robe of righteousness. Kindness is in His very nature. When I am in Him then kindness becomes a part of who I am. Not because I have done anything, but because Christ does it in me.

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So, about social media. Are we acting in a way that reflects walking with Christ? Or do we jump on the band wagon of bashing someone fueled by flesh? If our actions are fueled by a desire to protect the Word of God and the character of Christ, but are blunt, fleshly, and driven by self those actions are still wrong (because the heart is wrong). When hot headed believers speak out fueled by flesh, the name of Christ is defamed. Am I asking you to shut your mouth? NO! But please check your heart. Are you trying to walk in kindness fueled by Christ or are you fueled by your flesh?

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. Luke 6:45 (NASB)

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Ashlee is a native New Mexican. She is the wife of a College Minister, a student ministry leader, and has been involved with Transform Student Ministries for 14 years. She seeks to be a disciple of God and His Word as well as a disciple-maker. She is striving to walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel and to seek the favor of God not men.

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