March 07, 2021
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you”. Proverbs 25:22-23.
Jesus says in Luke 6:35, “He (God), is kind to the ungrateful and wicked”. He also encourages us to love our enemies and to pray for them, to be good to them and when they borrow from us, we should lend without expecting anything back. This is the way God treats us and the Bible tells us that we will be sons of the Most High.
We have been created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27), therefore, we are like Him, our true nature is the nature of God. We are kind as God is kind. Kindness is embedded in our spirits. When we go astray and move away from “home”, that is from God, when the cares of this world and the prince of this world, satan attacks us, our character is strained. Children feel safe at home, in the arms of their parents, when they leave, there’s no telling what they would find out there, however, when they keep the statutes of their parents wherever they are, they will remain safe and stay out of trouble.
It works the same with God. Moses said to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6:1-3, “These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you”.
When we keep on with God, we speak and act according to His nature that is already in us. Jesus says also in John 15:4, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you”. He reveals the greatest secret to living a life worthy of God which is that, we should remain in Him. As we do, everything falls into place as we imitate Him. When children are young, they follow and mimic their parents, when the mother folds her hands, the child does the same. I have seen it with my children. When you do exercises, they come and join you and do exactly what you do. When the father waters the garden, the little ones also want their own canisters to help.
We are to practice kindness on everyone as God is kind all the time to everybody. When we practice the fruits of the Holy Spirit, which Galatians 5: 22-23 says are, “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”, then we are being God, we are being our true self. When we practice anything contrary to this nature, the Bible says we are operating in the flesh and the fruits of the flesh according to Galatians 5:19-21 are, “sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like”. When you find yourself embroiled in these, know that you are no longer in God but functioning outside of Him, hence you should remain in Jesus.
Jesus says further in John 15: 5-8, “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples”.
This says that I cannot achieve anything of worth if I am not in God, He is the one who cause me to succeed. As much as He has bestowed the fruits of the Holy Spirit, when we take matters into our own hands, not following what He has commanded us according to His nature then we are on our own. It is true that He has given us free will, however, when you are behaving out of character, you can feel it and people can see it.
They know that it is not really you who is acting in that manner, therefore, you are causing your own failure, not God. Include Him in everything that you do and everything will become effortless. Proverbs 3:6 says, “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success”. When God is operating in your life and you are in alignment with Him, you become compassionate over your enemies because you know their end for God fights your battle. Jesus said while hanging on the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots” (Luke 23:34).
Jesus could see right through ignorance of the people and those who were crucifying him. He says in Matthew 5:45 about God, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous”. He says in verse 48, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”. Jesus is our model, He came to set us free from our imperfections by taking our iniquities upon Himself. As far as God is concerned, when we are born-again and have received Jesus as our saviour, we are without defects, there are no faults in us because of His grace.
Since we have received grace in our lives, we are to be like God for we have been made a replica of Him. He says in Isaiah 43:25, "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more”. Even when we sin, he removes all sin when we repent and forgets them completely.
When we practice kindness, we are remembering who we are and who God is and that we are God in a physical body. Jesus said it in John 10:34, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods"'? When we begin to understand this, in that moment we have remembered who we really are and in that alignment, everything happens automatically on its own. Kindness and goodness flows from your heart. You experience rivers of living water that Jesus spoke about in John 7:38.
Proverbs 3:3, NIV: "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart."
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