How kind are we?
How do we feel when we do good works? Many of us feel a rush of joy and peace in our hearts when we do kind acts for a family member or a friend. The ability to be kind and feel empathy for other human beings is because God in His goodness allows us to feel His essence. Psalm 36:5-7 “Your love, Lord, Reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
This passage explains God’s great mercy and love for us. No matter who we think we are, His love is forever and forms part of everything, and it is for everyone. Sometimes we might take for granted the act of waking up alive each day of our lives. The Lord shows us His kindness and mercy every day that we wake up ready to continue the race. Each day is a new day and a new opportunity to reflect on how to know Him better by abiding to prayer and reading of His word. These two actions of daily prayer and reading the word of God are essential to our survival on this earth. Also, it is vital to pursue Jesus to know how to show kindness to others without neglecting our boundaries. Jesus is the best example of love, kindness, joy, perseverance, humility, goodness, peace, tolerance, self-control. It is beneficial for us to do good and engage in works that make a positive impact on someone’s life. For instance, Drevitch explains that “studying empathy today is like studying polar ice: Each year, we discover more about how valuable it is, just as it recedes all around us.” Having empathy and show acts of kindness to others feels like something supernatural, it feels good inside the heart, and the soul fills with joy every time we connect with someone. Studies found that “members of Life After Hate, a group of ex-white supremacists, found that exposure to individuals from groups they once tormented changed their opinions not only about those people but also about themselves (Psychology today). God is phenomenal!. He works in the lives of those that do not even know Him personally. Many times it is heard the phrase “God works in mysterious ways.” His mercies for us born every day without passing judgement.
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.” (Hebrew 13:16). Researches found that the more people develop the skill of empathy, the more they show acts of kindness towards other individuals. God has proven throughout His word that the more compassionate we are, the more we can contribute to the betterment of this world in connection to human relations. Every good work that we do is because of who God is. If there is still some goodness in this earth is because of God. God is Love. We cannot do anything right unless God put the desire in our hearts to do good. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8). However, first love God, and He will know you. “But whoever loves God is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:3). Lord God touch our heart to serve the community and reach others with your kindness, to focus on other’s people needs rather than ours. Help us connect with others and see them for whom they are without making judgments. Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of salvation.
In Jesus’ name, Amen