We hear about people doing these random acts of kindness – those feel good, touching events when someone goes out-of-the-way to be kind to a stranger. I love those stories. They brighten my day. While random acts of kindness are special, they are limited in their power. This morning I was trying to think of a story I’ve heard recently, but I couldn’t remember all the details. It frustrated me. It reminded me, while the randomness of the act was touching, the reality of it is, it was fleeting.
The real power comes when we demonstrate Relentless Acts of Kindness.
Kindness must be an everyday part of our existence. It has to be something we choose to put on every day. It has to become a part of ourselves.
During the crucifixion, Jesus continued to demonstrate kindness even though He was in excruciating pain and under intense torture and humiliation. During this horrific time for Him, He asked God to forgive those who were hurting Him (Luke 23:34). He took the time to bring another person into the Kingdom of God (Luke 23:39-43). Jesus suffered and died on the Cross so that we would be in eternity with Him – the ultimate demonstration of kindness and love.
Before His trial, Jesus encouraged His disciples in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
He attended to Mary, His mother, in John 19:26-27, “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,”and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” He made sure His mother would be cared for.
For Jesus, these weren’t random acts of kindness, these were a part of His core. His every day kindness – servanthood – was demonstrated from the time He was born until His death and Resurrection from earth.
We have a duty to demonstrate Relentless Acts of Kindness because our Father in Heaven expects no less. Kindness shouldn’t be seasonal, but intentional, each and every day. As we prepare for Christmas Day and into the New Year, make a plan to daily exhibit kindness to those around you.