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A Kiss from Rose | Kindness

Acts of kindness hold a profound significance in our lives, revealing much about our character. They demonstrate compassion, empathy, and a willingness to help others, even when it is not convenient. Kindness fosters community and strengthens bonds between people, creating a ripple effect that can inspire further generosity and goodwill.


Several stories from the Bible highlight the importance of kindness and its impact:


1. The Widow of Zarephath: In 1 Kings 17:8-16, the Lord commanded a widow in Zarephath to provide food for the prophet Elijah during a severe drought. Despite having only a handful of flour and a little oil, she obeyed and made bread for Elijah. Her act of kindness was rewarded as her supplies miraculously lasted throughout the drought. This story underscores the power of faith and the blessings that come from selfless generosity.


2. The Shunammite Woman: In 2 Kings 4:8-37, a wealthy woman from Shunem urged the prophet Elisha to stay and eat at her home whenever he passed by. Recognizing his need for rest, she even prepared a room for him. Her hospitality and kindness were later rewarded when Elisha miraculously restored her son to life. This story highlights how genuine kindness can lead to profound and unexpected blessings.


3. A Poor Widow's Offering: In Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4, Jesus observed a poor widow putting two small coins into the temple treasury. Though her contribution was small, Jesus acknowledged it as greater than the larger sums given by the wealthy, as she gave everything she had. This act emphasizes the value of sacrificial giving and the heart's intention behind the act of kindness.


These biblical examples illustrate that kindness, whether shown through hospitality, generosity, or sacrifice, holds immense value and reflects a person's true character. They remind us that even small acts of kindness can have significant impacts and are often recognized and rewarded in ways we may not foresee.


Reflecting on these stories, what acts of kindness have you done or experienced? How have they impacted your life or the lives of others? Will you continue being kind to others? Why or why not?



 

“Let’s make kindness contagious.” -Alston Shropshire

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