Fruit of the Spirit, Kindness

The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:33,34

But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.

The story of the good Samaritan is probably the most famous biblical story about kindness. It is sad and shocking at first as we see two different men of God just walk on by. But then we see the compassion, the kindness of a complete stranger caring for someone he didn’t know and then paying for that care to continue and it lifts your heart.

Random acts of kindness happen every day; big acts, small acts. It could be a phone call, a card, a lift to church, the doctors, the supermarket; walking the neighbours dog or helping someone to cross the road. Something that seems small or insignificant to you can make the world of difference to the person receiving it.

I am sure that at some stage you have experienced a kind act. How did it make you feel? Grateful? Happy? That you were in someone’s thoughts and they took the time to do something… just for you. I received a parcel a while ago with a card that simply said ‘Just thinking about you’ and a little bottle of lavender oil to help me sleep. This was from someone that I maybe see twice a year but something prompted her to send the gift and it meant a lot to me.

Never underestimate a small act of kindness. The Holy Spirit is constantly working within you, nudging you, directing you. Listen to Him and keep watching. Don’t let an opportunity to be kind pass you by.

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