Building With Kindness

We have all seen pictures of buildings that are centuries even thousands of years old and wonder how could they last so long? Maybe, even wish in a moment of weakness that you could be that strong to withstand what trials come your way.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8

It is the saving faith in Jesus as our Savior that is our foundation. Each layer, like a stone wall, fits together so perfectly that it is hard to be knocked down. should one of these layers be missing or our of place the wall would collapse over time.

As you look at the order that Peter wrote this you can’t have one without the other to support. Without knowledge, you wouldn’t understand what areas you need to build up in self-control. Without self-control, it would be hard to have perseverance in hard times.

Let’s look at the layer of kindness which is right below the roof of love. Just below the roof is the rafters. They are the support for the roof and go beyond the building. Yet they are supported by the building. Once the roof is put on over the rafters the building itself is protected on the inside from the outside storms that come along.

Our rafters are brotherly kindness. Peter tells us that we have to be diligent in building this spiritual building in our lives. It is easy to be kind to someone we don’t know, even if it is a not so random act of kindness but something you planned to do that day. Brotherly kindness is harder and takes much more of an effort.

Like in any family, there are differences and these can make it hard to get along with people. Those of us that have siblings know what it is like when you get in a fight with you sibling and your mom tells you to say sorry. You quickly and short snap, “Sorry”. The next thing you hear from you mom, or as a mom you have said, “Say it like you mean it.” This example I got from my pastor this Sunday. He wasn’t talking about brotherly kindness but it fits so well as to how hard it is to extend that kindness beyond our comfort of the walls.

As the Church, in a whole we have a problem extending brotherly kindness to those who belong to a different denomination, church, even to those that my go to our church but have hurt us somehow. By extending brotherly kindness to those that we may not see eye to eye with is building the framework to extend God’s love to.

First Call’s song “Undivided”, shows the reason to extending brotherly kindness is not as hard as we make it be.

We may worship different ways
We may praise Him
And yet spend all of our days
Living life divided

But when we seek Him with open hearts
He removes the walls we built
That keep us apart
We trust Him to unite us

In our hearts, we’re undivided
Worshiping one Savior, one Lord
In our hearts, we’re undivided
Bound by His spirit forevermore
Undivided

It doesn’t matter if we agree
All He asks is that we serve Him faithfully
And love as He first loved us
He made us in His image
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And in His eyes, we are all the same
And though out methods they may be different
Jesus is the bond that will remain

In our hearts, we’re undivided
Worshiping one Savior, one Lord
In our hearts, we’re undivided
Bound by His spirit forevermore
Undivided

In our hearts, we’re undivided
Worshiping one Savior, one Lord
In our hearts, we’re undivided
Bound by His spirit forevermore
Undivided

It is easy to extend brotherly kindness when we remember we are all one in the eyes of Jesus.

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