Our sermon this Sunday was about kindness. We read Micah 6:8: “God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” And we read, Matthew 22: 34-40. Jesus is asked by a Pharisee, “which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself”
Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Self. If we do not love our selves, that makes it hard to love our neighbor. If we a have negative self-image of ourselves, it’s easy to judge people by our own negative self-perception. Likewise, if we believe God is uncaring and devalues the worth of humanity, then we will devalue our neighbor and devalue ourselves; we will blame people for their ill fate.
But God is love, caring, and values humanity. God is kind. God’s kindness is our responsibility to be kind.
Kindness is a spiritual value. It is the greatest expression of our love for God.