“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Eph. 4:32)
I once heard a sage deacon share that to be kind to another person, only requires a single action. To show kindness toward others, however, requires a complete change of one’s character—kindness becomes a part of your daily lifestyle. You don’t have to think about being kind—kindness becomes a part of who you are.
So, when I hear the term, “random acts of kindness” I am thankful that that is not God’s way toward us, and He does not want us to be random in our kindness towards others. Biblical kindness does not necessarily entail an act of goodness, instead it is descriptive of one’s disposition. We turn our attention from self to others and truly find joy in putting others before ourselves. Where “random acts of kindness” are truly random, true kindness is everlasting because it is rooted in and flows from the One who chose us first (Col. 3:12–13).
I have many opportunities throughout the day to interact with customers who have questions or concerns about our materials and how best to use them. I am daily reminded that “we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20) first and foremost. Secondly, our “first impressions are lasting impressions.”
Recently, I received a call from a business that was hosting a community concert in the New England area to raise funds for a scholarship. During the concert, someone placed one of our “May I Ask You A Question?” tracts in the donation jar and stole ten dollars. Needless to say, the person that expressed her feelings in the voice message did not care that I was in Dallas or for the gospel message in the tract, she only wanted the stolen funds replaced.
There were only two options—ignore the message and press on with other things, or respond. I googled her number, obtained the name and address of the business and sent her double the missing funds. Her response arrived a few days later:
“Good Morning! I received the $20 today and have passed it along to the scholarship fund… Thank you, so very much. Your kindness is appreciated!”
Kindness with any luck changed her first impression of our ministry, and has hopefully opened the door for a future opportunity to share the most important message of all—that “Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead!”
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