“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”—Galatians 5:22-23(NIV).
Did you know you have the power to turn someone’s day around? And, in the process, you’ll benefit, too. It’s a win-win situation.
Ask yourself: am I nice or kind? There’s a difference. People considered nice are polite. Kindness goes deeper. For example, a nice person can ask, “Are you hungry?”
Kindness leads a person to provide food for someone without even asking. Simple acts of kindness show others you care and reveal they aren’t alone in this world.
State Trooper Takes Kindness to Heart
An article about a New York State Trooper, Christ Mahoney, caught my attention. Mahoney, who strives to serve and protect others each day, doesn’t seek recognition. Recently, though, a conversation with a homeless man drew attention.
On duty one day, Mahoney stopped at a Rochester gas station. While there, he noticed a man toting several heavy bags. Striking up a conversation, the trooper learned the man was homeless and carried all his belongings on his back. When Mahoney asked the stranger when he’d last eaten, he learned the man’s only sustenance that day was a donut.
The trooper didn’t realize when he offered to buy the man a meal another customer would take a photo of his kindness. He certainly never expected it to go viral. It did. Now, Mahoney encourages more people to do kind things for others.
The Most Familiar Act of Kindness in Scripture
When Jesus was asked by an expert in the law about what he must do to inherit eternal life, He replied, “What is written in the law?” The expert continues to challenge Jesus concerning the greatest commandment to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” and the second to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Immediately, the expert asked, “Who counts as a neighbor?”
Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Most of us know the story of the man on his way to Jericho who was attacked by robbers and left for dead on the side of the road. The first two, a priest and then, a Levite, traveling the same road came across the wounded man. However, they ignored him, passing by on the other side of the road.
But, it was a despised Samaritan, traveling on the same route, who showed kindness to the hurting man. He stopped, bandaged his wounds, put him on his donkey and brought him to an inn where he paid the innkeeper to look after him until he returned. Jesus reminded the law expert to go and do likewise.
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SOURCE: Assist News