Acts of Kindness
"Anyone who withholds
kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty."
Acts of kindness suggests a type of loyalty and love that can be emulated through recognizing God's steadfast love for us. Thus, Job wondered why his friends' fear of God would not compel them to be kinder towards him during times of difficulty.
He went to his friends for solace but found no acts of benevolence from them. He complained that he had nothing offered to him for his relief. He found his friends' lack of compassion towards him to be tasteless, loathsome, and burdensome.
Thus, Job had desired death as the happy end of his miseries. In his prosperity Job formed great expectations from his friends, but now was disappointed. Job scolded his friends because of their harsh mannerism towards him. Though in want, he desired no more from them than an encouraging word. They accused him of sin or wrongdoing although he did nothing to deserve the trials that had found him. Yet still, Job did not curse God and maintained his upright character. In the end, God gave him "double for his trouble." He received twice more the blessings than he had before.
So what kind of friend are you? Are you one who shows compassion, encouragement, and loyalty when there is a friend in need?
Today I encourage you to commit yourself to showing little acts of kindness towards others. It'll make others feel better and it'll make you feel better too. Here are a few tips on how you can extend kindness towards others:
* Send a loved one a postcard.
* Give someone a small gift just because.
* Buy someone a cup of coffee.
* Offer to rake a friend's yard.
* Tell a stranger "good morning."
* Simply smile -- it will make someone's day.
Acts of kindness are selfless acts performed by people desiring to encourage and cheer up others. Either spontaneous or planned, I encourage you to practice random acts of kindness towards loved ones and those within your community today.
"A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .