How kind are you?
SPRINGFIELD, MO. Jesus said, "Love your enemies, do good to
them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then
your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because
he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father
is merciful" (Luke 6:35,36, NIV).
This passage raises questions for each of us to consider:
1. Am I doing good to others?
2. Am I merciful to believers and unbelievers?
3. Have I forgiven my enemies enough to bless them?
4. Are my deeds being noticed by unbelievers?
We need a revival of kindness that captures the worlds attention.
Unbelievers today are more intrigued by our acts of compassion and mercy
than they are our televised sermons. Authentic Christianity, to them,
has more to do with charitable deeds than systematic theology. They
say, "Show me that youre different and then Ill take a look
at your Jesus."
Someone said recently, "I get more understanding and help from strangers
in a bar than Id get from Christians in a church." Generally that
statement is false, but it reiterates the importance of extending our
kindness beyond the walls of the church. The church was never intended
to be a hive unto itself, where acts of kindness are limited to the
body of Christ. Jesus said, "Let your light shine before men, that they
may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).
The Lord brought this verse to my mind on a recent flight from Amsterdam.
I was seated next to an Iranian couple immigrating to the United States.
The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart: "Help them." So I promptly guided
the Muslim couple through Customs and Immigration and handed them my
phone number if they needed further assistance.
In broken English, the young man asked, "Why are you helping us? You
dont know us."
I replied, "I follow Jesus Christ. He loves you. And I know its
His will for me to help you any way I can."
"Do all Christians believe like this?" the man asked.
I wanted to respond "absolutely." Instead, I said, "Youll find
that many do."
Will you join me in praying for revival a revival characterized
by kindness? Perhaps then, more of us will live by the adage "Seldom
resist the impulse to do something kind."