By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye,
Kindness as a word can be substituted for words like: compassion, goodness, pity, mercy, love, grace, favour, gentleness, tenderness, favour, etc. It is an attribute of God that we need to desire.
As Christians it is the kindness of God that saved us.
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
That special kindness will preserve all of us till we see God in glory in Jesus name.
Kindness has the power to brighten up a dejected spirit; it can rescue a doomed life and it can resuscitate a lost hope.
Divine kindness is by far impactful. It will distinguish the life of anyone remarkably. It will turn an ordinary life to a life of extraordinary. A life that was hopeless will be turn to a life not only full of hope, but a life that gives others hope.
In John 8:1-11, the story of the woman caught in adultery is an example of a life that experienced God’s kindness. Though Jesus did not condone her sin, but yet rescued her from imminent death and instructed her not to sin again.
There is someone here, you are being accused of something you have done wrong, and the accusation could either be by people or demons. I bring good news for that fellow, God says you are forgiven.
No power will truncate your destiny in Jesus name.
You will not receive stones from any accuser in Jesus name.
You will live to declare the goodness of God in Jesus name.
But go and sin no more. I pray for the willingness and grace not to fall into sin to come upon you in Jesus name.
In Jonah 1:1-3, God told Jonah to go and preached to the citizens of Nineveh to repent of their sins. Jonah however boarded a ship and went to Tashishi. God sent storm to the ship on its way to Tashishi and trouble it greatly. Jonah was eventually thrown into the sea and could have perished, but God shown him His kindness. God command a great fish to swallow up Jonah and did not allow him to be digested; after he repented in the belly of the fish, Jonah was brought ashore.
If there is anyone here that has missed the perfect will of God for their life, may the special kindness of God redirect your steps in Jesus name. May the special kindness of God lead you to your Nineveh in Jesus name.
David declared that God doesn’t always chide, rather He is compassionate and kind (Psalm 103:8-9).
David fell big time regarding the issue of Bathsheba and Uriah. He tried to continue life as normal, which would have been dangerous for him, as the blood of Uriah was crying for vengeance. God through His kindness arranged Prophet Nathan to bring David to repentance. David’s grievous sins were pardoned and his reign continued.
By the grace of God, no Bathsheba will ruin your destiny.
You will not be involved in any mess or scandal in Jesus name.
The blood of no one will be required from you in Jesus name.
Your reign will not be discontinued.
Throughout your lifetime, if you ever make any mistake, may God prompt you Himself to ask for forgiveness, so you may be forgiven in Jesus name.
It was the kindness of God that changed the life of Saul of Tarsus to Apostle Paul. From a persecutor of Jesus to a disciple of His. From being a chief sinner to a worthy saint. From ignorance to great wisdom. From a murderer to a life saver.
May the kindness of God transform your life from whatever you are now to the very best you can be in Jesus name.
It is not only God that should show kindness. As children of God, we must reciprocate the kindness of people. Jonathan was a very good friend of David. He showed great kindness to him, especially when his father – King Saul was seeking to slay him. Later on, when David became settled as a king, he sought for people who are related to Jonathan that he could show the kindness of God (2 Sam. 9:1-13).
Has someone showed you or your family before? Seek such family out and render kindness to them.
The Israelites did the same for Rehab of Jericho. Rehab hid the two spies sent by Joshua to Jericho and let them escaped secretly. The spies made an oath of kindness with Rehab which Joshua was bound to honour when they destroyed Jericho. While the whole of Jericho was destroyed, Rehab house and family were preserved.
May God preserve you and your family with His special kindness.
Furthermore, God also expects us to even show kindness to those who have been unkind to us. Joseph was treated very badly by his blood brothers. He was to be killed before he was sold to slavery. He later became a Prime Minister in Egypt at a time when the Israelites were less than 100 people. He did not use his powers to punish and revenge his brothers’ unkindness to him, but showed them Divine kindness.
May God grant us the grace to grant uncommon kindness to the unkind in Jesus name.
We must not be too busy or preoccupied to show kindness.
In Luke 8:40-56, Jesus was on the way going somewhere else, He was however accosted by Jairus to show him kindness. Jesus abandoned his prior agenda and followed. On the way to Jairus house, He was yet accosted by the woman with the issue of blood, Jesus still extend His kindness to her. May God grant us the heart of kindness in Jesus name.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering;
And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
– God has shown His special kindness to this Parish in the last two years. He will show you more….
Prayers – some things that can attack a believer: fear, affliction, trouble, error.
Father, Let your kindness deliver me from any fear – Jacob on the way to Haran (evil of desert and night, Esau, Laban, of never to come back, never to see loved ones).
Father, Let your kindness deliver me from any programmed affliction – Israelites in Egypt
Father, Let your kindness deliver me from present or impending trouble – the Man at the Pool of Bethesda.
Father, Let your kindness deliver me from error – Moses
Sermon delivered by Pastor Samuel OBAFAIYE on 10th August, 2014.