Nice Or Not So Nice?
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Of course, we know we are to be kind people (Colossians 3:12).
1. This involves being considerate of others (I Corinthians 10:26-33).
2. This kindness is to be extended to even those who don’t deserve it (Luke 6:35).
B. Yet, the Scriptures also teach us to be sharp at times (Titus 1:10-14).
1. The balance includes rebuking and being longsuffering (II Timothy 4:2).
2. When you stand for the truth, even the gentlest person will offend someone at some point (Matthew 13:53-58).
II. Body: Knowing when to flip the switch (John 6:5-27).
A. Not so “nice” to the rebellious (Ezekiel 2:1-3:9, Luke 3:1-9, and Acts 7:51-53).
1. Those who refuse to hear the word of God are rebellious (Deuteronomy 1:43).
2. Rebellious people are not innocent (Proverbs 17:11).
B. Not so nice when someone rejects the truth and will stand in the way of others (I Kings 18:17-40 and Acts 13:5-13).
1. We have to contend with such people that stand in the way of the salvation of others (Jude 3-4).
2. Action has to be taken when those who oppose the truth chance to harm others (Titus 3:9-11; cf. Galatians 5:12).
C. Understanding that rebuking someone is NOT unloving (Revelation 3:19).
1. It is better to rebuke a sinner than to be quiet (Proverbs 27:5-6).
2. Remembering the goal… Saving a soul (James 5:19-20) and/or protecting others (Romans 16:17-18).
D. Longsuffering and merciful when a soul can be saved (Acts 18:24-28), within boundaries (Revelation 2:18-23).
1. Understanding learning stages (John 16:12 and Hebrews 5:11).
2. Understanding that not all people are capable of learning or that there may be longer stages of the learning process (Mark 4:33).
III. Conclusion: To be nice or not to be nice? Answer: Be both (Romans 12:9-10).
© 2013 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager