A series of homilies on Ephesians.
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
TEXT: Ephesians 4:32:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
John Calvin said, “No task will be so base, provided you obey your calling in it, that it will not shine and be reckoned very precious in God’s sight.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we can live without revival, then we’re not where God wants us to be.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “As Christians became aware of what was happening on college campuses, their reactions were mixed. Many pious church members who lacked formal education were intimidated by those with formal degrees, so they did nothing. Others only prayed earnestly for those sons who had been sent off to the colleges to prepare for ministry. Few could have anticipated God’s solution to meet the challenge of the hour: God prepared an erudite mind that burned with passion to bring revival to the colleges.”
Today we continue looking at the command for the new man in Christ: “be ye kind one to another.” Kindness is demonstrated in many ways, some of which we looked at in our last message.
One of the descriptions of a kind nature is mildness. A person who is mild has a calm spirit. Meekness is another word that describes this type of person. A mild person is not quick-tempered, but patient and long-suffering. They are not easily provoked, not ready with a sharp retort at a moment’s notice. They value peace and harmony and seek to foster that in others by their own behavior. Jesus Christ has been described as meek and mild, and we should emulate Him.
Then, a kind person is pleasant; they are good-natured and cheerful. They are people whom others like to be around. They are also happy about the help that they offer. Their acts of kindness are accompanied by a smile and a Christ-like attitude.
Finally, a kind person is also benevolent. A benevolent person is one who has a giving spirit. Jesus told His disciples that it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” A benevolent person is compassionate, caring, and big-hearted. All of us, no matter what walk of life we come from, can be people who give. Jesus said, “the poor ye will always have with you.”
Lehman Strauss said, “Kindness should characterize believers in their relationships with one another. Kindness is that gentle, gracious, easy-to-be-entreated manner that permits others to be at ease in our presence. The word ‘kind’ comes from such words as ‘kin’ and ‘kindred,’ so that to deal kindly with others is to deal with them as our own kin. And after all, believers are brethren. Kindness expresses a warm sympathy and love for all men, both the righteous and evil doers.”
Christians are especially commanded to show kindness to the unsaved. In Luke 6, Jesus said, “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them… And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”
There are many ways that we can express kindness in the world. As Christians, we ought to be known as people of kindness.
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revival Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Jimmy in Rockford, Illinois
heal his marriage that is in trouble
keep her grandfather healthy, give her sister strength
bless her with a job as a nurse, admission to school, and to be able to travel the world
help her and her siblings to be successful in life and provide them with jobs
— Lorraine in Chicago
bless her with monies needed to launch her vision to reduce violence and bring unity in Chicago
open doors and connect her with the right people at a Speakers Workshop
grant her a double portion of anointing to break yokes and heal others to bring them to Christ and activate life as well as wisdom, knowledge, and understanding
— Anthony in Nigeria
help him to do great things
— Renee in Raytown, MO
heal and bless her family
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Leaders of the Southern Baptist Church
Andrew T. Walker
Warren L. Peek
Margaret D. Cammuse
Judy C. Garner
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
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Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.