December 27, 2020

“Planting Seeds of Kindness”

Passage: Proverbs 14:12-21 and Matthew 7:7-12
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The word for “Christian” in Greek sounds very much like the word “Kindness” in Greek. Tertullian – one of the early church fathers – wrote that outsiders confused those two words when referring to Christians – such that instead of calling them “Christ people”, they called Christians “Kindness people”. Could have been just a mispronunciation, or it could have been from confusion about what they were truly called – because Christianity became so synonymous with people in whom genuine kindness was present in their hearts and evident in their lives. Our calling is to live with such kindness that the word itself becomes synonymous with the label “Christian”. Do we?