“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”- Galatian 5:22-23.
We sometimes don’t bother to give thoughts to reasons why people become homeless or ask for help with food to eat or pay bills. Sometimes we blame their circumstances on drugs, laziness, lack of focus (or vision), carelessness etc. We failed to listen to their stories, whereas in truth, we all have stories to tell. Because someone is homeless or needs help today does not mean the situation will not change. I have met many people requesting help for a place to sleep, eat, or pay bills. I have also seen several of these individuals coming back much later, to show appreciation for the support provided to them when they’re in dire need. We should stop blaming people about what fate has offered. We are just fortunate. It’s not our smartness that got us to where are today, hence we should be thankful!
There are several mentions of the word ‘Kindness’ in the Bible, and I will only mention two in this short admonition. Ephesians 4:32 says; “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”.
John 13:34 also says; “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another”.
An act of kindness is not always about giving money to someone. It can be a simple ‘thank you’, or showing people you care. We’re enjoined to be our brother’s keeper. A simple act of kindness can change a person’s mood from bright to sunny. It is important to note that an act of kindness may not repay you today or tomorrow. Of a truth, you’re not expected to receive any corresponding prompt repayment. All we need do is to do good as we’re commanded. It is therefore important to help someone today, show them you care. Show them that you love them, just as God loves us all. Merry Christmas to you all.