Isn’t it funny how different areas of your life sometimes intersect? Usually it’s for a purpose, many times because God wants to teach us something about ourselves. I’ve been reading 1 John through my Good Morning Girls Bible study and also participating in the 30 Days of Intentional Acts of Kindness with your Kids at I Can Teach My Child. We were challenged this week to share some acts of kindness that have been done by others so that it didn’t become so easy to draw attention to ourselves and what we are doing.
That made me think: why is it that we do something kind for others? Is it a selfish desire to be noticed and applauded for our generous spirit? Or are we motivated by the Scriptures which say, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11).
That’s where these two parts of my life have come together this week, causing me to think through my motives. And truly we should be showing the love of God to others. Not the “love” of the world, which can be selfish in nature (i.e. what’s in it for me) but “the love of God manifested in us” because “He sent His only Son into the world so that we may live through Him” (1 John 4:9). God has lavished His love on us and so that love should overflow in us toward others!
Can I share one thing that we did with our kids this week? Since this challenge started, I’ve been thinking so much about how we show love and kindness to the people in our own home. Will and Leah enjoy the book “Things to Love” by Richard Scarry, so the kids decided to make a “Things to Love” card for each other. It was sweet to help them write the things they thought of and precious to see their eyes light up when they read their card.
Let me share one way God provides for our needs through the kindness of others. Recently, my family received a blessing from someone that allowed us to cover a financial need–almost to the dollar! How God can work through other people’s kindnesses that way is amazing!
I also loved what Cindy at Crayon Wishes and Popsicle Dreams shared about her “kindness” week–that the love of God nudged her to give a man on a corner some money, resisting the urge to hold back because she didn’t know for sure what he’d do with the money.
Seeing people through the eyes of God may be difficult, but it is necessary. That is how He saw us: struggling and needy and wearing worn clothing…and He chose to provide for our deepest needs and give us a beautiful garment of pure white.
How has God provided for you this week? How has He motivated you to love others as He loves?
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