Fresh Hope – 24th October 2018

We often associate kindness as being weak and watery.  To be kind is to be generous, friendly and considerate. As simple as these traits are, they are hard to come by. In fact, often when people experience kindness, they struggle to believe it’s genuine and wonder if there is an ulterior motive. This is because it is rare to find people today who give with no selfish ambition or strings attached. When you become that person who is authentically generous, friendly and considerate with no strings attached, it can have powerful effect because kindness touches people.

The Bible talks about the power in kindness many times.

In a world where airing opinions, cutting comments and selfish gain is considered appropriate, a kind heart can be a light in the darkness. There’s not enough time to list all the examples of the kindness Jesus displayed in his ministry on earth, but I will leave you with one example. The kindness of Jesus literally touched the untouchable of the day – the leper (Matthew 8:1-4).

Lepers of the day were on equal par with the pigs – unclean, unloved, and out-casted. Jesus in his kindness touches the leper who is then made clean. Not only was his body restored, his status was too. His stigma was broken and life regained through a touch of kindness.

The question for us is, ‘who are the lepers in our lives?’. They may not carry a physical aliment, but perhaps have been socially outcast for other reasons. In one simple act of generosity, friendliness, and consideration, we can actually heal and restore people.

French Psychologist, Sidney, Jourard, visited cafes and observed friends interacting for an hour. During this hour no one touched in England. In the United States, he counted two touches. In France, 110 touches, but in Puerto Rico, there were 180 touches! We may live in society where keeping to ourselves is considered acceptable and normal, but there is power in touch – both physically, emotionally and spiritually. Rather than distancing ourselves, let kindness pull us close to people who need it.

Colossians 3:12 ‘You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy…. Be compassionate, showing kindness toward all’.

Emma  Burchell

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