Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
We Shouldn’t Be Inconsiderate People
A. God’s people are supposed to be kind (Colossians 3:12).
1. That does not mean we are spiritual compromisers (Ephesians 5:11).
a. Our Lord is kind (Psalms 31:21).
b. Yet He does not compromise on His Judgment (Numbers 14:18, Psalms 11:4-5, and Luke 13:3).
c. We are to follow God’s example (Ephesians 5:1).
2. Nor does being kind mean we soft peddle the truth (II Timothy 4:2).
a. Kindness was shown by Christ coming into this world (Titus 3:4).
b. Did Jesus “soft-peddle” the truth (Matthew 16:1-4, Matthew 23:15, and John 3:19-21)?
3. Our kindness is to be shown as we are supposed to be considerate (Hebrews 10:23-25).
B. Our actions should not come with an expectation of something carnal in return (Luke 6:35 and Luke 14:12-14).
1. We should know that it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
2. Our reward is in the life to come (Philippians 4:15-19).
II. Body: “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous” (I Peter 3:8).
A. To be considerate, we’re going to have to have compassion [sympathy] for each other (Romans 12:15-16 and I Corinthians 12:25-27).
1. The Lord is our example of being compassionate (Matthew 9:36 and Matthew 15:32).
a. The Lord is compassionate, but not a pushover (John 6:26-27).
b. The Lord is compassionate, but He is not an unconditional forgiver either (Nahum 1:3, Acts 17:30, and Romans 2:4).
2. Our compassion has to be shown by more than just words (Galatians 6:10 and I John 3:16-18; cf. Hebrews 13:16).
3. Our compassion can be shown in physical (Acts 11:27-30) and spiritual ways (I Thessalonians 2:14-3:3).
4. On the receiving end, when we are treated good, let’s not repay that good for evil (Psalms 109:4-5 and Proverbs 17:13).
a. We should be thankful for the aid of our brethren, not upset or complaining (Romans 16:3-4).
b. Never seek to take advantage of brethren (Exodus 22:25-27).
B. Love as brethren (Romans 12:10, Hebrews 13:1, I Peter 1:22, and I John 4:20-21).
1. If we love each other we will serve each other (Galatians 5:13).
2. If we love each other we will help each other be saved (Revelation 3:19; cf. James 5:19-20).
3. You’d give your life for your brother’s if you really love him (John 15:12-13).
C. Being pitiful people (Matthew 18:21-35).
1. First, we must understand that being pitiful does not mean we ignore sin or forgive it unconditionally (Lamentations 3:40-44 and Luke 17:3-4).
2. Having made that clear, we need to understand that when we see others suffering we have to be pitiful; tender hearted (Romans 9:1-3, II Corinthians 2:4, and Philippians 2:25-30).
III. Conclusion: Be Courteous: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).
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