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Costly Kindness

1 John 3:16-20, NRSV

Reflections

It is easier to be enthusiastic about Humanity with a capital ‘H’ than it is to love individual men and women, especially those who are uninteresting, exasperating, depraved, or otherwise unattractive. Loving everybody in general may be an excuse for loving nobody in particular. — C.S. Lewis

  • Random kindness is helpful, but it has no impact on our lifestyle
  • Newspapers used to refer us as “citizens”, nowadays we are more accurately described as “consumers”
    • As consumers, we have abundant of choices, but it carves out a part of our heart
  • Lifestyle of Costly Kindness
    • Practical generosity/deeds
      • people are infinitely more valuable
      • bear one another’s burden (Gal 6:2)
      • you can be kind without feeling it; bearing burden without feeling the burden
      • “makes room for people”
    • It is important because things are not what they are supposed to be
  • Part of Spiritual Life
    • praying
    • being generous
  • Cultivate the lifestyle
    • remembering the gospel
    • remembering God’s kindness to us

2 Responses to “Unintelligible Sunday Notes (8/22/10)”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Hope you’re doing well. Your notes are good. They capture the essence of some interesting messages.

    This particular one seems relevant to some of the recent conversations the small group has had. We’re now starting to read the book, “The Story of Stuff”. We miss having your opinion expressed in the group. Take care.

  2. Kwong Yee says:

    Thanks Bonnie! Hopefully I can join you guys at least once the next time I’m in town. Wish your family and all in the group doing well! 🙂

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