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Being Kind with a Purpose

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Making a comparisonIt is always the right thing to do to be kind to other people. However, the kindness of Christians is often wasted because it is not connected to the reason behind the kindness—Jesus Christ. What do I mean by this?


Often Christians are trying to be shining lights in the world, but we forget to tell people where our power supply comes from. Whether it is because of timidity, fear, or other reasons that cause us to be quiet in the face of an opportunity, being kind in and of itself is often a lost opportunity.


For example, we have begun a recovery program to help those with addictions or addictive behaviors. Why did we want to do this? We wanted to be kind to people who are suffering difficulties. We are accomplishing that. Yet if that is all we were achieving, I don’t believe we are doing all that we can in this situation. Therefore, we have tried to have our kindness be an opportunity to tell those who are hurting about the love of God. If we are just kind without saying something about Jesus, we have missed an opportunity to witness for God in the world. Jesus didn’t tell us to just be kind; he said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).


Don’t forget to give God the glory for the things you do. I am glad when I see professional athletes give glory the glory for their talents and abilities (as long as they don’t claim that God is interested in the result of the game). If you are trying to be what God wants you to be by being patient, loving, joyful, or kind, then give Him the glory before others so they will know how you have become what you are! It will plant a seed in someone and we need to plant as many seeds as we can in the world for God’s glory.

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