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21 Those who pursue righteousness and kindness
will find life, righteousness, and honor.
9 The LORD of heavenly forces proclaims:
Make just and faithful decisions; show kindness and compassion to each other! 10 Don’t oppress the widow, the orphan, the stranger, and the poor; don’t plan evil against each other!
We can think kindness means relatively “small” actions like baking a few extra cookies to take to a neighbor’s house. Well, yes, but it takes in much more. The sages of Hebrew wisdom grouped kindness with “big” ideas like life, righteousness and honor. And the prophet Zechariah, in a passage that addressed the question of whether Israel should resume certain rituals after their return from exile, instead linked kindness to the justice issues that our study focused on last week.
Creator God, I’m often busy figuring out “the good life” for myself, with only my own pleasure as the major guideline. Show me, day by day, how to live in ways that pursue righteousness and kindness. Amen.
I’ve been a Christian my whole life. My mom instilled church in our family’s routine, and I loved it. Especially the people. I am a self-proclaimed extrovert which doesn’t surprise anyone who is reading this that knows me personally. I love being around people more than anything. I look back on my early years in the church and wonder if I loved God or loved the people… this week’s focus on kindness has me reflecting on that.
Being a part of the church, we have the opportunity to do kindness and do it well! Recent ways I have experienced kindness at Resurrection include hurricane relief, receiving flowers from my small group members, a personal invitation to join serve Saturday-–and this was all just in the last week! For me, kindness has kept me coming back (maybe more than God did in certain seasons). And I am so grateful for that because God met me in my heart each and every time, welcoming me back into relationship and worship. I owe so many ushers, Sunday school teachers and volunteers for the faith I have today. I sometimes cannot help but think about my friends who have stepped away from the church, and wonder if they would still be active if they received kindness from a stranger, a neighbor, or a church member. It is when we share more kindness with others that the kingdom of God is reflected more clearly here on Earth.
Have you heard the phrase, “They will know we are Christians by our love”? Well, my question for you is: Do the people in your life know you’re a Christian? And is it because of your love and kindness? If they know you’re a Christian, but do not experience your love and kindness, I wonder how that impacts their knowing of our kind and loving God.
Kindness has the sweetest undertone. Pause for a moment and say the word “Kindness” out loud. I hope you’re smiling because it’s a little silly to be talking out loud to yourself, but I also hope your demeanor has changed! Are you sitting taller? Are you feeling the power to change the world? That’s the Holy Spirit moving in you, so let’s BE KIND together and get to work!
Have a blessed day!
* Rebekah Close LeMon, study note on Zechariah 7:3-10 in The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005, p. 1373.
** William D. Reyburn and Euan McG. Fry, comments on Proverbs 21:21 in A Handbook on Proverbs. New York: United Bible Societies, p. 453.