—Home Church Sermon— This acronym has been around for years.
I wrote it several ways below.
It reminds us of the value in simplifying things in life.
You have heard it, or at least have heard about it.
Of course it stands for:
If you are one who doesn’t like the word “Stupid” you can interchange the word “Silly”.
Since stupid is a word,
We always taught our children that
People are not stupid, things are.
So you never call someone stupid,
But you can say that something or something
that was said or done was stupid.
Well, enough on that…
Even though we are not Stupid,
we can sure act like it sometimes.
Remember my devotion on the guy who got injured by getting hit by a ski lift in Colorado.
The insurance company denied his claim saying that he was an “idiot” for getting hit by the ski lift.
They deemed “being an idiot”
as a preexisting condition.
One of my points was that even though the Bible says that God does not think we are idiots,
we certainly act that way sometimes don’t we?
Well the same is true about being Stupid.
Though God does not view us that way,
We certainly give him reason to if he wanted to.
Oh, the stupid, or silly things that we DO sometimes.
And I could say equally,
Oh, the stupid, or silly things that we THINK sometimes.
Oh, if we could only simplify things and not make them so complicated.
Perhaps the way that I put K.I.S.S. together below can be helpful to us all.
It put the acronym in the shape of the cross.
K I S S
Personally speaking, I must always remember that
“I” am in the center of the cross.
I would ask you personally, to say the same thing
Notice that “I” am in the center of the cross.
Two Reasons that “I” am in the Center of the Cross
1. Jesus died BECAUSE of me.
I am the reason that he died.
It was because of my sin.
2. He died FOR me.
If you were the only one on the earth,
Jesus would have still died for you.
Keep it Simple
I’ve used it in messages and teachings for years.
I have tried to discipline myself to use it in life,
though it can be hard.
In the real complex and complicated world that we live in, don’t complicate things more.
It is generally a great principle.
Many things could be improved in life if things were simplified.
Maybe we are like the little boy who came running into the kitchen one day after school and asked his mom the big question,
“Mom, where did I come from?”
Her face flushed, she stammered, and finally after a few false starts began the dreaded “birds and bees” talk with her seven-year-old.
Her son stood their wide-eyed, soaking up every word. Finally, she stopped and asked, “Now do you have any questions?”
“Yes. That’s all very interesting.
But there’s a new boy in my class. He said he came from Cleveland.
I just wanted to know where I came from.”
There are many crazy things happening in our
country these days.
Don’t try to make sense out of a lot of it because it does not make sense.
Though you may be tempted to think that there are a lot of stupid PEOPLE out there, there are not.
There are, to be sure, a lot of stupid THINGS
being said and done,
but they are being said and done
by people that Jesus loves.
Pray for them.
There is hurt, confusion, disillusionment,
and deception everywhere.
Our answer and response as Christians is to be…
(There is hurt)
(There is anxiety and hate in others that can
rob our joy if we let it)
(Even when others are not)
(Doing the right thing.)
(Never allowing the ends to justify the means.)
(To our relationship with God.)
(It will have a positive effect on other
(In tone, and in volume.)
(Being confident in the Lord to bless others as a result of our being under His control.)
You can do it.
You have it in you.
You literally have it in you according to God.
You have the Holy Spirit and “The Fruit of the Spirit” every day.
“Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not
under the law.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh
[fought the temptation to lose control of all of the
nine Fruits mentioned above]
with its passions and desires.
Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step [Live] with the Spirit.
Let us not become conceited, provoking
[Confrontational] and envying each other.
[Rioting and Looting, wanting what you do not have and doing whatever you can to get it.]”
[But rather, be content, peaceful, and trusting in the process of , don’t riot or be civilly disobedient.]
That is what we can do and God can help us to do it.
People change one person at a time.
Be that one person to help change another by simply
“Being an example of a Christian”.
It’s just that simple.
The world needs Jesus and a loving KISS from Him through us.
K I S S
Lord, thank you for all that you are to me.
Thank you for all that you do for me.
Help me to bring your peace to others one person at a time.
In Jesus’ name.
For Jesus’ sake.
For harmony in the world.
And for God’s glory.
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17525 W. Bell Rd.
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