The power of kindness
Josephine Yue // February 7, 2020, 6:20 pm
Recently, I read a book titled The Kindness Quotient, which I borrowed from the National Library. This book motivated me to look into the Word for biblical stories on kindness and what I can learn from them.
The stories of Jesus overflow with acts of kindness. We have much to learn from Him, our Master Teacher. Below are some examples.
One day when Jesus came down from the mountainside, a man with leprosy came and knelt before Him, seeking healing from Him. Without hesitation, Jesus reached out His hand to touch the man and he was healed. This one touch meant so much to the leper.
Back in those days lepers were outcasts and no one in the right frame of mind would touch the untouchable. But Jesus completely subverted this aspect of Jewish culture. Thus, through the kindness of Jesus, the leper could “be clean”.
Many people in our society are longing for a touch from us. May God help us to be aware of who they are so we can reach out to them with a touch of kindness. In one touch, we could positively change someone’s outlook about life.
Back in Jesus’ days, tax collectors were hired by the Romans and were considered enemies of the Jews. They were considered sinners and despised by everyone because they collected extra tax and kept the money for themselves.
So Zacchaeus, a tax collector and reject in society, longed for someone to show him love and attention. When Jesus saw him looking down from the tree, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
Zacchaeus felt so good that Jesus accepted him for who he was that he decided to turn from his sinful ways – he decided to give half his possessions to the poor and return four times the amount to anyone he had cheated.
Many people in our society are longing for acceptance from us. May God help us to reach out to them and bring hope to their lives.
In this story, a woman who was bleeding for 12 years was healed when she touched the edge of Jesus’ cloak.
She came forward trembling and fell at Jesus’ feet when He asked who touched him. Jesus responded in kindness and addressed her as “daughter” – a term of endearment and a way to say that it was okay that she had reached out to Him to receive healing.
Many people in our society need our kindness and compassion. May God help us to be bold and courageous in showing kindness to those who are suffering and with no one to turn to.
In these three stories, we see the power of kindness and its impact on three lives. Let us follow Jesus’ example, show kindness to someone today, or look out for opportunities to show kindness until it becomes a habit in our lives.
This article was first published on Yio Chu Kang Chapel’s website and is republished with permission.
THINK + TALK
- Why is kindness so important to God?
- Who are the people in your world who long for a touch, acceptance or kindness?
- How can you be a blessing to them this week?