Kindness That Is Countercultural

Series: What the World Needs Now | Week 4: Kindness

Read Luke 6:27-31

1. How does Jesus say to love our enemies?
2. When facing mistreatment, how does He challenge us to respond?
3. Based on verse 31, how are we to love others?

We were all once the enemies of God, separated and in need of a kindness that reconciles. Jesus loves us in the ways described here in Luke 6. All throughout the gospels, we see stories of Jesus doing good, blessing others, praying for them, and responding to mistreatment with kindness. Ultimately, He died to give us life and show us sacrificial love.

While it may be countercultural, biblical kindness is a challenge to love like Jesus. It’s a call to do good, bless, pray for, and give to those who don’t deserve it.

Is there someone in your life that you find difficult to love in this way? Maybe someone who has hurt you or who tests your patience? Confess your struggle to God, and then ask Him to show you a small way you can extend kindness to that person this week. Tell someone what you plan to do and have them hold you accountable.

Want to go deeper? Spend some time reading and praying through this written prayer to ask God for help in loving your enemies. Consider writing a more personalized version of a prayer like this one to reference in the future.

*TPCC does not necessarily endorse all “Want to go deeper” sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.

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