Anthony Wynn Ministries

Bring Back Kindness

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As we delve into the Scriptures today, let’s explore the message encapsulated in Acts 10:38 and Ephesians 4:32. These passages underscore the essence of Jesus’ ministry and the call for us to embody His love and kindness in our daily lives.

Acts 10:38 - The Anointing and Ministry of Jesus

Acts 10:38 states, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” This verse highlights several key aspects of Jesus’ earthly ministry:

  • Anointed with the Holy Ghost and Power: Jesus’ ministry was empowered by the Holy Spirit. This anointing enabled Him to perform miracles, heal the sick, and liberate those oppressed by evil.
  • Doing Good and Healing: Jesus’ actions were characterized by goodness and compassion. He actively sought to improve the lives of those around Him, demonstrating God’s love through tangible acts of kindness and healing.
  • God’s Presence: The power and effectiveness of Jesus’ ministry were a direct result of God’s presence with Him. This divine companionship was crucial to His mission.

As believers, we often seek similar empowerment. We pray for God’s anointing to heal, to perform miracles, and to make a significant impact. However, it is crucial to remember that a foundation of Jesus’ ministry was His unwavering commitment to doing good and demonstrating love.

Ephesians 4:32 - A Call to Kindness and Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:32 exhorts us, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” This verse calls us to:

  • Kindness: Actively show kindness in our interactions. This involves being considerate, compassionate, and helpful to others, reflecting God’s kindness toward us.
  • Tenderheartedness: Maintain a soft and compassionate heart. This means being empathetic and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others.
  • Forgiveness: Forgive others just as God has forgiven us through Christ. This includes letting go of grudges and extending grace, even when it is difficult.

In many ways, these attributes—kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness—are manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. They are fruits of a heart transformed by God’s love.

The Need for Love and Kindness in Today's World

In our pursuit of spiritual revelations and miracles, we must not neglect the fundamental virtues of love and kindness. There is a pervasive need for these qualities in our world today. Some often focus on the spectacular—miraculous healings, powerful prayers, and dynamic preaching. Yet, we must also prioritize the simple yet profound acts of kindness that Jesus exemplified.

One great example comes from my wife, Shelia. She received a letter from a former student, now an adult, who reminisced about the love and care Shelia showed her as a child. Despite coming from a troubled home, this student found solace and genuine love in Shelia’s Sunday school class. This simple act of kindness had a lasting impact, demonstrating that love can transform lives in profound ways.

Fruits of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 describes the fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” These attributes should naturally flow from a believer’s life, reflecting the character of Christ.

  • Love: The cornerstone of all other virtues, love should permeate our actions and relationships.
  • Joy and Peace: These are the natural byproducts of living in God’s presence and trusting in His sovereignty.
  • Longsuffering and Gentleness: These qualities enable us to endure challenges and treat others with compassion and patience.
  • Goodness and Faith: Reflecting God’s moral excellence and steadfastness in our lives.
  • Meekness and Temperance: Demonstrating humility and self-control in our actions.

Living Out Our Faith

In conclusion, our faith should be evidenced by our actions. Just as a fruit tree is expected to bear fruit, believers should naturally produce the fruit of the Spirit. Our good works do not earn us a place in Heaven; rather, they are a reflection of Christ living in us and help us lead others to Him. Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Let us strive to be known for our love, kindness, and compassion. As we pray for God’s anointing, let us also commit to embodying His love in our everyday interactions. Through our actions, may others see Christ in us and be drawn to the hope and glory we have in Him.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this message. I hope it resonated with you. Feel free to share it with others and as always the video message is below! God bless you and have a wonderful day!

Pastor Anthony Wynn

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