Acts of kindness enrich the lives of both the receiver and the giver. Sometimes they may even help to create an atmosphere of kindness. It’s as if kindness can multiply. One act of kindness leads to another…and another.
The psalmist seems to suggest that there is an even deeper level of kindness. “Lovingkindness”, he called it. Twenty-one times in the psalms he sang of GOD’s “lovingkindness” toward us. A generous kindness. A constant kindness. An undeserved kindness. A kindness beyond our human ability in the pressures of the demanding day ahead.
And it is only with the strength and support of the wide-open-arms welcome of our Father’s “lovingkindness” that we can bless and lift the loved one we care for . We are not dependent on our own ability to serve with kindness. “We love because he first loved us.” (I John 4:19)
Unexpected situations, hurtful responses, or the weariness of the day – or night – can so easily challenge out commitment to doing acts of lovingkindness. And when our best intentions fail, remember that the lovingkindness our LORD shows toward us forgives, and promises to “crown [you] with lovingkindness and tender mercies.” (Psalm 103:4)
Prayer – LORD, please help me to show your loving kindness today. Amen
Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016