Acts of kindness
One of the things I’ve noticed during this strange time of lockdown is that people seem to be being kinder to one another. I’ve heard of lots of examples of people carrying out acts of kindness for others who are less fortunate than themselves. When we think about what things might remain when we come out of lockdown, let’s pray that ‘being kind’ to each other does.
The bible has lots to say about being kind…
‘Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.’ Ephesians 4 v 32
‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.’ Colossians 3 v 12
Kindness is one of the fruit of the Spirit….
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.’ Galatians 5 v 3=22
Kindness is important because it can make such a difference to someone’s day or even their life! An act of kindness can be as simple as a smile or an encouraging word which can bring hope to someone who feels hopeless. We have no idea what amazing things God can do with our acts of kindness.
In Acts 3 v 1 – 10 Peter and John were going to the temple to pray when they met a man crippled from birth who sat at the entrance begging for money. The man asked them for money but Peter replied
“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
As Nicky Gumbel says in his daily notes from ‘Bible in One Year’ entitled ‘Kindness’
‘Not only was this man healed (he jumped to his feet and began to walk and praise God v 8), but many people were also converted. This one act of kindness had an astonishing effect. The people ‘were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him… all the people were astonished and came running to him (v10 – 11). The demonstration of the power of God was accompanied by the proclamation of the gospel. They had the opportunity to speak about Jesus; his death and resurrection, and the need for faith (v14 – 16).’
Jesus practiced kindness that was radical for his time and culture. He always had great concern for women as well as men, children as well as adults, for other races as well as the Jewish race, and for the sick and weak as well as the strong.If we are to be Jesus in our community, we too should be kind to others. Maybe the hard part is being kind to someone we don’t find easy to get on with or who isn’t very friendly towards us. I know I find that difficult! We can always however, ask God, the Creator of kindness, to help us.
The wonderful thing is though that when we set out to be kind to others, to lift them up, to encourage and strengthen them, the result is that we too are lifted up. We too are encouraged and strengthened.
‘Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honour” Proverbs 21 v 21