Communities of faith should start by focusing on the core values of God’s kindness, humility and compassion. He expects no less from us.
by Dr. T. Demetrius Smith
The Bible has a lot to say concerning kindness. In Ephesians 4:32, it says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you.” Proverbs 3:3 says, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” In Luke 6:35, Jesus says, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” It is clear from these passages that kindness is a trait God values and expects from us.
Humility is found in many places throughout the Bible. One of the most famous passages comes from the Book of Philippians, where Paul says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests but to the interests of others.” The passage emphasizes the importance of humility in our lives and encourages us to put others before ourselves. Other books of the Bible, such as Proverbs and James, also address humility and its benefits. Humility is a quality that is greatly encouraged in the Bible, and it is an essential part of being a follower of Jesus.
“We should look to the future by seeking out ways to serve our communities and by promoting peace and understanding.”Dr. T. Demetrius Smith
Finally, the Bible shares many verses about God’s compassion and the importance of showing it to others. Proverbs 19:17 says, “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done.” The Bible also reveals how God is compassionate and forgiving. Psalm 103:8 says, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” Jesus also taught us the importance of compassion in the parable of the Good Samaritan. In Luke 10:37, Jesus tells us to “go and do likewise” in showing mercy and compassion to others. Compassion is a core value of Christianity, and it is important for us to show it to others in our daily lives.
Together we can build God’s people by sharing Him and through encouraging people to connect with one another by offering love, support and guidance when needed. In addition, we should be mindful of the impact our words and actions have on others. We can also create meaningful opportunities for people to learn more about God’s teachings and to share their faith with each other.
We should look to the future by seeking out ways to serve our communities and by promoting peace and understanding. By working together and committing to these goals, we can build stronger relationships among God’s people and help foster a brighter tomorrow.
Bishop Dr. T. Demetrius Smith is the senior pastor at Greater Love Fellowship Tabernacle in Conyers. For information, visit www.greaterlovefellowship.org.