26th April 2020

Not so Random Acts of Kindness

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
Isaiah 58:6-7 (ESV)

The car I drove during college years was not very reliable. One time it broke down two hours from school and two hours from home. Almost immediately, two strangers helped me get my car to a garage. I was overwhelmed by their sacrifice of time and energy, someone they had never met and would probably never see again.

“Random Acts of Kindness Day” is celebrated in the US during February every year. It’s a day where people show kindness to others—whether they know them or not. While having a special day is great, I’d like to challenge us to think of random kindness as a way of life, an expression of God’s love for all humanity. After all, Jesus dying for our sins was definitely not a random but a planned before the foundation of the world act!

This isn’t a new challenge. The prophet Isaiah talks about how the ancient people of Judah tried to please God by fasting, but then would fight each other. The prophet wanted them to see what God really wanted: to practice some not-so-random acts of kindness. Being righteous should make the world a better place, and if it doesn’t, it’s not really God’s righteousness.

And if that isn’t reward enough, the prophet continues, “you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12). Our acts of kindness have the potential to repair and restore God’s people from hurts that are often a part of life. What might seem a small and insignificant act can set off a ripple effect, and the world can be changed. If we challenge ourselves to not-so-random acts of kindness, we are participating in an expression of God’s love. We are being Jesus’ hands and feet in the world. We are trusting God to take our small effort and bring forth the restoration this world so sorely needs by looking for ways to be kind to other every day.

Prayer
Eternal Father, you set forth a way for us to go. And when we follow that way, everyone is blest, including ourselves. Thank you. And we pray this in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study presented by Michelle Fleming
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Michelle Fleming is an Elder in Grace Communion International and works in the International Home Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Media Director.

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