The kingdom of God is about kindness

Anger and hate don’t make greatness. Kindness does. Christianity is supposed to be about kindness. Kindness is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Humanity matters in all of its shapes, stages, and colors. Jesus invites
whosoever will” to participate in the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God doesn’t hold elections. It freely invites us to surrender to and obey the living, resurrected Jesus.

The kingdom of God isn’t a metaphor. It’s a real, world-wide government that rules over all who obey the living Jesus. It manifests when Christians turn away from following religious programs & begin to listen to and obey the living Jesus.

Grace isn’t just a free ticket into Heaven when you die. It’s a free invitation to accept and obey Heaven’s government here and now.

The kingdom of God calls for truth. To hide (or ignore or minimize) the cruelty in history to protect the reputation of those who committed it, is wrong.

Differences in color don’t change the make and model of a car. The same with people. (Maker/God — model/human). People’s skin has no more to do with who they are than their toes do. When you listen to people share their heart-felt stories, you go beyond human categories.

People have the ability to connect heart-to-heart with others. If we would use that ability more, we’d have far less conflict.

As ambassadors for Christ, Jesus-followers are called to put their loyalty to the kingdom of God above earthly kingdoms. We are to operate with love, not force. If people won’t hear what we’re saying, we consistently show them determined kindness. They can’t not “hear” that. People can easily ignore your logic, but they won’t be able to ignore your persistent kindness.

Awareness of God’s glory makes all human kingdoms and governments seem like nothing in comparison. Behold the living, Lamb of God! If you surrender to the living Jesus, He will turn your valley of trouble into a door of hope.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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