Random Acts of Kingdom (1)

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2 Samuel 9:1-3

The German philosopher Nietzche hated Christianity for encouraging kindness. He accused Christian love of draining strong people by making them kind, driving them to waste their energies on lepers, cripples, and oppressed people. Thus, love weakened the strong of the human race by turning them toward kindness. Were we to rid the world of faith in Christ, and thus of love, he prophesied, we might again produce supermen. The strong could get stronger and the weak would die out.”

Yet according to I Corinthians 13:4, intentional kindness is one of the first qualities of genuine love. When God gives directions on how to love, he rates kindness near the very top of the list. “Love is patient, love is kind.”

1. We don’t deserve Intentional Kindness

This extraordinary kindness was an act of pure grace on David’s part. So it is with God’s grace toward us. When we were undeserving, when we were helpless, when we were far away from God, God’s grace came running toward us in Christ Jesus. It sought us out; it found us when we were far astray. And just as the kindness of King David brought Mephibosheth to a position at the king’s very table, feasting at the king’s banquet for the rest of his life, so the kindness of God does more than just get us to heaven by the skin of our teeth.

2. Intentional Kindness meets people in their pain, problems and weaknesses

David’s kindness to Mephibosheth began with empathy. He identified emotionally with him in his sense of grief and loss. David mourned the death of Saul and his son Jonathan. He could imagine how desolate and afraid Mephibosheth must feel. God’s kindness also begins with empathy.

David’s kindness went further than mercy. He restored all the land that belonged to Mephibosheth’s grandfather Saul. For the rest of Mephibosheth’s natural life, David paid all his expenses, for him and his family as well as his servants. He did not have to do it. He was under no such obligation. It is costly to be kind. It takes the courage of Calvary to be kind.

3. Intentional Kindness cares more for others than for self.

Kindness works for the welfare of the one loved. Kindness looks beyond the faults of others and sees their need, and strives to meet that need. Kindness actively seeks to do good to the object of love without expecting favours in return.

Being kind means doing good with no expectation of a reward, to say "I love you" with no strings attached. Love is kind even to the unkind, gentle even to those who are harsh and unsympathetic (Luke 15:11-32).

Titus 3:3-5 3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

That is intentional kindness.

Romans 5:8 God demonstrated his own love for us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

That is intentional kindness.

1 John 4:10 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

That is intentional kindness.

As Jesus said, Luke 6:32-36

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

That is intentional kindness.