by Betsy Burnett
This past month you might have noticed me rather absent from things around here. That’s due in fact to my rather non-functioning gallbladder who’s time had come to be removed. One thing about surgery, it really gives your friends a chance to shower you with kindness I had one friend volunteer to watch my children so my husband could be with me during surgery. Others cooked meals for our family. Some called, some sent cards, and many, many prayed for me. Everyone showing how much they cared in their own way!
This month our theme is “the blessing of kindness.” Scripture tells us to “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2) Even more important than “entertaining angels” is the fact when we show kindness to others we are showing kindness to Jesus.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25: 31-40)
Showing kindness to someone is so awesome because not only do we get to minister to Jesus (according to the parable of the sheep and the goats) BUT we get to share Jesus with those we minister too.
Scripture tells us WE are the body of Christ! We get to be His hands when we reach out and touch someone, we get to show His compassion when we listen to a hurting friend, we get to show His care when we feed the hungry. What a privilege it is to minister through Jesus, and because of Jesus and with Jesus to a world that so desperately needs Him.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27
Kindness is a blessing not only for the receiver (who doesn’t like being showered with kindness?) but a blessing for the giver as well. When we show and share kindness it allows us to minister to and for Jesus. What a great privilege to be the hands of the one who came to save a lost world. That is the real blessing!
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For the remainder of March, focus on the blessing of kindness. Be open to what God wants for you, not what you think your layout will be. I look forward to seeing your layouts at the end of the month on how you have been blessed!