by Lesley Cartwright
“..the kindness of God leads you to repentance” –Romans 2:4
People are God’s heart and they should be ours too. There are so many different ways in which we can be an example of Christ to others, but the most important of these is “Love”. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care! Our lives may be the only Bible that some people ever read. That’s why we should establish a culture of loving others effectively through acts of kindness. People will more readily understand that God loves them when our lives practically speak of Jesus.
When we reach out and touch someone else, we touch God’s heart. Every single one of us has a sphere of influence that someone else doesn’t have. We must never underestimate the power of simply sowing kindness or thanking someone for something they’ve done for you. Let’s allow God to stir our heart so that we are able to be Jesus to people. St Francis of Assisi said that we should, “Preach always and if necessary use words”. Action, it seems, speaks a whole lot louder than words. “If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again”. (William Penn)
Faith Without Good Deeds Is Dead
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Goodbye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” (James 2:14-16 NLT)
Let’s look for practical ways to help others – how many can you think of? Pay for someone’s groceries when they can’t afford it; walk their dog; mow the lawn; change the light bulbs; give food and clothing where it’s
desperately needed… I like what Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries says: “Just showing kindness and loving someone – that’s the Gospel, it’s that simple”.
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