Henry Drummond affectionately called love the “greatest thing in the world.” In the Apostle Paul’s masterful treatment upon the issue, he says, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind” (I Corinthians 13:4). All of these shades of love add such a rainbow of virtues upon our life.
Among a thousand fragrances, love is kindness. It has only been four months since, Patrick Greene, a renowned atheist, was threatening to wage a legal war against the nativity scene in Henderson County, Texas. But something changed over the past 120 days. After residents found out that Greene was suffering from a serious eye condition that could lead to blindness, Christian kindness transformed Greene’s worldview.
In the end, they offered him $400 for groceries and other needs. This simple gift, which was given despite ideological and theological differences, apparently caused Greene to re-think his atheistic inclinations. When the Christians in a town that had reason to be angry with him showed him a gesture of kindness, he began reconsidering his beliefs altogether. He eventually began to realize that evolution would never have the answer to his questions. He said, “I kind of realized that the questions I [was] asking you just had to accept on faith without doubting every period and every comma,” he said. He later began studying the Bible, both the Old Testament and the Gospels, and also discovered his belief that Jesus is the Son of God.
Our life which is but a vapor appears for a little time, and it soon vanishes away (James 4:14). Henry Drummond said, “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
As we interact with people in a calloused and hardened world on a daily basis, are we exhibiting the peaceable fruit of kindness? Do we show forth the spirit of Christ, regardless of how we are treated?
Blessed we are to remember that were it not for God’s kindness through Jesus Christ, we would all have gone on to our eternal reward, which is death in Hell. The Word of God says, “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost (Titus 3:4-5).” Jesus Christ has been wonderfully kind to us!
Ephesians chapter four and verse thirty-two says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
There may be some things in life that I cannot do, but I can always be kind. When money, resources, time and health may wax and wane, kindness should remain.
May we be like Boaz of old, who, after seeing the plight of Ruth, commanded that handfuls of purpose be left for her and that no rebuke be made towards her oft gleaning (Ruth 2:16).
I may not live and minister in a city of kindness, but I can be kind and encourage my family to the same end and leave behind a legacy of kindness.