A Sunday School teacher once asked her class if they knew the difference between kindness and lovingkindness. One little girl said she knew the difference. She said that kindness is when you ask your mother for some toast and she gives it to you, but lovingkindness is when you ask your mother for some toast and she gives it to you with butter and jam on it. It is when she gives you more than you asked for.
The Bible says that God gives us kindness and lovingkindness. He gives us what we asked for and He gives us more than what we asked for in Christ. His generosity knows no bounds as we see displayed very clearly in Titus 3:3-5:
For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.
Paul says that God saved us, not on the basis of our deeds but on the basis of His mercy. He forgave our sins not on the basis of what we have done but on the basis of His wonderful kindness. He did not just give us toast but He gave us toast with butter and jam on it. He gave us more than we could ever ask for, which is what we are going to be talking about this Sunday morning at Grace Fellowship Church.
Have you ever wondered if God is kind? Have you ever wondered if He cares about you? Join us this Sunday morning as we talk about that. Join us as we dive into this wonderful passage of Scripture to discover how much He really does care. Do you need to experience some of His kindness today? Are you struggling and discouraged and do you feel like you could use some of His help? Join us as we talk about that as well. We meet at 9:30 at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Come ready to receive more than you ever asked for. Come ready to have some butter and jam with your toast. – Jeremy Cagle