A Call for Kindness


Genuine Christians feel their neighbor’s pain and then do the next available thing to help, however big or small.

Times of economic crisis only add to the stress felt by families. What used to be handled by simply writing a check now has to be handled by other means. And what are those other means? Well, someone in the family now has to do it, or it doesn’t get done.

This leads to a second point of pressure—time. In order for those extra things to get done, someone has to adjust their schedule to find the extra time. The truth is, however, we have less time than we have money.

Certainly, a recession causes us to rethink our lives; many of us find some measure of liberation in cutting out unnecessary things. But you can only cut so much before you begin to inflict some serious injury.

This is where the church should be at its best. Paul teaches we should bear each others' burdens and in times like these, small efforts make big differences. We always think “burden-bearing” is some great duty, but most of the time, it’s the simplest of gestures.

Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit, the mark of a genuine Christian. And the real difference is this—an inauthentic Christian will “feel” something, but do nothing. A real Christian “feels” their neighbor’s pain and then does the next available thing to help, however big or small. Faith must be seen in action. Do something, no matter how small it may seem to you. After all, our God does some big stuff with the smallest of offerings.


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