Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 24th, 2020
And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Romans 12:9b (NLT)
A recent immigrant to Canada recently wrote in Huffington Post, “In Canada, I came to appreciate that inclusion, kindness and generosity can be institutional, systematic, and cultural. Like many other newcomers in this beautiful country, I too came to quickly understand how the very differences of its people are precisely what unite them and make them collectively stronger, rather than divided. I came to realize that the very Greek word of philanthropy is best exemplified in practice by Canadians and by the value system that brings them together as a country and as a nation.”
Think back for a moment to what you have appreciated about how you have been treated by a follower of Jesus, and what will most likely be most memorable was an act of kindness. Christians are marked by how generous they are with their time and their compassion. Recent reports show that people of faith give more of their time, talents and resources to charity. This is true for all believers. But within the Body of Christ are those who have been given the gift of kindness, or as some Bible versions translate it, compassion. It has been estimated that within the body of Christ, fully 30% of believers have the gift of kindness. This shouldn’t be surprising. The apostle Paul writes this in Romans 12:9b: “And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Those with this gift don’t really need to be commanded to show kindness gladly. Compassion oozes out of every pore in their body. They rush into situations where someone is hurting, wanting to express the love of Jesus to those who are most in need of some of Jesus’ love.
These have been words from the heart.