“Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.”
Matthew 8:3 NIV
In those days, leprosy was considered as unclean and anyone with the disease isolated and treated as an outcast. And it is still the same in some parts of the world today.
Rules laid down by the Jewish laws required one not to get closer than 6 feet (2 meters) to a leper. And if by any chance wind blew from the direction of the leper towards another, it is mandated to be at least 150 feet (45 meters) away. People actually took pride in mistreating them and boasted about it.
You can imagine how Jesus felt seeing him. Mark 1:41 says He was moved with compassion.
Jesus advanced beyond traditions and customs, He could have simply spoken the word and the man will receive his healing but He chose to do more. To show the leper he was valued and loved, his sickness didn’t define him and He cared. So at that moment he reached out and touched the leprous man.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
1 John 4:11-12, 16 NIV
Love made Jesus pay the highest sacrifice possible. And this love He expects from everyone who calls on the name Jesus to extend towards others. As our Father is, so we are.
Jesus our Savior, is asking us to be more like Him every day. To reach out and touch the broken, the dejected, the weary, the downtrodden and the hopeless.
The world needs love. Love is light that will illuminate the darkness in this world.
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.”
1 John 2:9-10 NIV
Kindness is a statement of our faith in Christ Jesus.
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
1 John 4:20 NIV
What better person to propagate the love of God than us, His ambassadors?
Love suffers long,
Seeks no revenge and does no evil.
Love rebuilds ruin.
Love sees the diamond in the dirt. It picks up a fallen soul and reaches out with arms of comfort.
We are loved to love. God searches the heart of men and knows those that are His. We cannot call on the name of God yet carry around hatred and strife.
An orange tree cannot product pear fruits.
The violence, hate and disunity- where is the love? How do we hurt people we ought to love as much as ourselves?
Why stand in the dirt of condemnation when we can extend the blanket of grace?
Christ said; He who has no sin should cast the first stone! this does not mean He justified her sin, not at all!
He meant- you didn’t give her a second chance.
Give people room to err and unconditionally forgive at all times. This does not make you a doormat. You can distance yourself from toxic situations but do it from a place of love and remain in prayers.
Empathy says to condemn the act not the person as several factors influence how people act. We do not throw the cup away because the milk is soured and righteously justify it.
You may not realise this but everyone is fighting a battle. Their lives may look perfect on the outside but because we live in a fallen world, the demons will always wage war against our peace. Nothing is perfect.
With kindness pouring from a heart full of love, show someone how their existence matters.
Guess what? Compassion cost nothing. We have it in abundance because of the Spirit of the Most High that lives in us. Can you let others dine at your table and feed on your plate of kindness?
The moment you recognise you live for a purpose bigger than yourself and we are all branches of a vine interconnected with each other, your life will never remain the same as Kindness transforms us.
Last Sunday, I walked up to a woman in church and told her she was beautiful. She gave me a very large smile while acknowledging it and it left me fulfilled knowing I made her smile.
God is calling us on this mission to make the lives of others better. Anything we do, we do it for Jesus.
“For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”
Matthew 25:42-45 NIV
Christ has made us enough in Him so we can make the lives of others salty. This is how we can be kind. Sometimes it may cause us to stretch beyond our comfort zone but to show the love of Christ is worth the effort. Do it anyway. You don’t need a podium before you can make a difference. You have all you need.
Be the reason the old woman who lives on your street looks forward to another day.
Be the one who makes the widow you run into at the grocery store know she is not alone.
Let the guy know how good the shirt looks on him.
If you run into Mr or Ms grumpy, stick with the smiles. Don’t let it get to you. They might be having a tough time and all you can do is be pleasant.
You can write letters and send out to random persons. Remind them someone is thinking about them.
Let all forms of correction be done in love with no trace of hostility or judgement.
True, you don’t meddle with sin but you must be an ambassador of grace just as Christ bestowed on us.
Show up. Chat up strangers. Volunteer for a charitable cause and remember if it is not nice or kind, never say it or do it.
Begin every day with a mission- to make the life of another bearable, do the extraordinary and be the ray of sunshine.
Let your watchword be – Love made me do it!
You may just be the answer someone is waiting for.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
John 13:34-35 NIV
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