We often hear about “random acts of kindness” during natural disasters or other catastrophic events. A random act of kindness is generally defined as a selfless act, spontaneous or planned, performed by an individual or group, to provide assistance or encouragement to people in need. As we continue to examine God’s requirements for a good life, we quickly recognize that He expects His children to demonstrate acts of kindness as part of that equation:
“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: To do what is right, to love mercy…” - Micah 6:8
As described by Micah, to love mercy equates to an act of kindness that goes beyond mere fairness and results in a sincere and heartfelt response to the needs of others. Those needs may be physical, emotional, or spiritual and as followers of Christ responding appropriately to those around us should come naturally:
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” - Ephesians 4:31-32
As indicated in this passage from Ephesians, genuine acts of kindness will first require the recognition and avoidance of negative attitudes and subsequent conduct. As a Christian, each new day provides a fresh opportunity to overcome negative attitudes, conduct ourselves appropriately, treat others with compassion and extend mercy to those around us.
This Week’s Quote:
“Oh to be like Him, tender and kind, Gentle in Spirit, lowly in mind; More like to Jesus, day after day, Filled with His Spirit now and always” - Our Daily Bread
About Today's Contributors: Dr. Faron Hollinger
Dr. Hollinger has served as an educator for more than three decades in Alabama's public schools, from special education teacher to retired superintendent of Baldwin County Public Schools. He currently is an education consultant who also volunteers with the University of Mobile's Center for Leadership as the coordinator of the Education Alliance.