“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (NKJV)
When bad things happen, we cry out in desperation for someone to care. More people come to Christ during a crisis than at any other time. Kindness is simple compassion at work and love in action.
A mother sent her young daughter on an errand. The little girl was gone far too long, so when she returned her mother demanded an explanation. The child said that on her way to the store she met a friend who was crying because her doll was broken. “Oh, so you helped her fix her doll” asked the mother. “Oh, no” said the little girl. “I stopped to help her cry!”
Needs constantly parade before us every day, but we don’t see them. We are too busy to notice the broken lambs the good Shepherd sends our way. We view them as intrusions or annoying interruptions in our very busy schedule. These uninvited guests may very well be divine appointments sent by God. Jesus says that if we really God, we will really love each other. We are never more like our father than when we choose to weather relationships storms with kindness and love. Kindness and compassion are directly related to the health of our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Kindness does not look for reasons. Compassion doesn’t ask for limitations. It searches for opportunities.
Prayer: Father, I come to You today asking You to break my heart for what breaks Yours. Give me the eyes to see those around me who are in pain. Show me how to encourage them and love them with Your love. Fill my heart with compassion, and give me strength and courage to share compassion with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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