LENT DAY 35
What’s the Big Deal About Kindness? By Pastor Sarah McCracken
When the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. (Titus 3:4-5)
When we think of kindness we often think about paying for the next person in the Timmy’s drive thru, giving a compliment or smiling at a stranger.
Shortly after Christmas, Paul and I were driving in Harrison as the snow was falling down heavy. In the midst of big snowflakes and icy roads we saw a car that was spinning and clearly stuck. We looked at each other and without saying a word, we pulled over and proceeded to help an elderly lady push her car to the road. It was such a small thing but I have been feeling warm and fuzzy about that situation for over a month now! Kindness feels good.
The Bible talks a lot about kindness. As we spend time each day reading through the Lent devotions we will see a picture unfold of God setting the bar high for kindness, He wrote a whole story that reveals His kindness to us! He knew we would lie to our friends, get addicted, work to forget our pain and in his kindness He gave his Son to save us. We need God to save us from ourselves and others. We need God to meet us exactly where we are at.
God knew what we needed before we even asked for it. Even before we knew to give him our mess in exchange for his perfect love. That's kindness—the ability to recognize the needs of others and take steps to meet those needs. Kindness is understanding. It's love.
Take time right now to ask God for His perfect love to erase your mess and sin. There are no perfect prayers, just simple conversations with God.
In addition to giving you salvation, what are some other ways God has shown you kindness? Make a list of them.
Who are you going to give kindness to today? How?
Prayer: God thank you for your kindness to me. Thank you that you meet me right here, right now. I accept your forgiveness in my life. I thank you for all of the ways you have been kind to me. Help me to show you to others as I am kind to them. Amen.