19th February 2013

Random Acts Of Kindness

“Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
Colossians 3:12 (NLT)

Being kind to others requires looking, seeing and perceiving their needs; it requires a focus that we need to cultivate in our lives. We need eyes of compassion for everyone that we brush shoulders with each day, in the office, the factory, the supermarket, in the coffee shop and in the community. It is so easy to miss those who are struggling, those who are sad or worried, disappointed or feeling rejected.

If we look at the wonderful example of Jesus, we find that He was always looking for ways to help others, and many times He asked the question; “What can I do for you today?” Read Matthew 20:30-32 (NKJV):  “And behold two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!’ So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ In other words, ‘how can I help or how can I serve you today?’

Love requires looking, listening and seeing, as Jesus did.  And when He saw a need, He was moved with compassion for that person or group. Looking carefully and compassionately at all people will lead to opportunities for “random acts of kindness” that will loose their burdens and bring a realization that someone does care. Basically, the answer is for us to slow down and begin to love the people around us as Jesus did.  Looking carefully and lovingly will lead to compassion and then to action!

Jesus is the one who has become our perfect example on how we should react to the needs of others.  Paul encourages us in Philippians 2:5 (NKJV) to. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” But many centuries before Jesus was born the ancient prophet Micah  wrote the following as he was inspired by the Spirit:  “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6: 8 AMP).

Prayer
Lord, please guide and direct us through your mind and Spirit.  Fill our lives each day with the compassion that flows from you and help us to reach out in our limited and ordinary way, expecting you to add the extra power that we need as we do so.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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