Today is World Kindness Day, which I honestly didn’t even know existed! But what a much needed thing right now! I was reflecting on kind acts that others have bestowed upon me, and I was reminded of a time sitting in McDonald’s drive through and I was feeling distant from God, and wondered if He was even aware of me. When I approached the window, the employee told me that my order had already been paid for. It was a very kind gesture for a stranger to pay for my meal. That someone would SEE me and do that out of the kindness of their heart. But more importantly, it reminded me that GOD SEES ME. That He hasn’t forgotten me, and His loving eye remains on me.
But we can’t do kind acts without the love of God inside us. Our motivation must come from love, not expecting reciprocation. Jesus told us in Luke, “If you [only] love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them (Luke 6:32 AMP). I’ll be very open, there are some people who are just difficult to love, and I am convicted on a regular basis. We are commanded to love. Period. In the New Testament, Jesus spoke of the most important commandment, which is to love God with all your heart. Next, He said, “This is the second: ‘You shall [unselfishly] love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:31 AMP). I love how the Amplified version inserts “unselfishly”. The Oxford Language defines unselfish as: “willing to put the needs or wishes of others before one’s own”. In 1 Corinthians we read, “And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13 AMP). WOAH! We should (and CAN) love others because God loved us first. We don’t deserve God’s love, yet He unselfishly gives it anyway. In John 3:16 it is proclaimed that God so LOVED the world. We are ambassadors for God, and we can use His love for us as an example of how to love others.
To circle back to my McDonald’s experience, that act of kindness reminded me of God’s love. We may not always have the privilege of knowing what our acts of kindness do, but God does, and He can and will use them for good. Be kind and show love for others. Ask God how to do this, and let Him guide you. As 1 Corinthians says, “Let EVERYTHING you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us]” (1 Corinthians 16:14 AMP, emphasis mine).
Thank you for taking the time to stop by an read this! I would love to know if you’ve experienced an act of kindness that reminded you of God’s love! Please share below, or let me know your thoughts! God bless!