2 Timothy 1:15-18
You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus,because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.
Not only is kindness sensitive, supportive, sacrificial and searching but the last characteristic of kindness is one we don’t often think about:
Onesiphorus lived up to his name, which means “bringing profit.” He was kind to a man who was unable to repay him. But notice what Paul prays for: “May the Lord show special kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family.” Here is a powerful reminder when it comes to kindness, the Lord is watching and while it may not benefit us in this world we will be blessed in the next. Its what the Bible calls storing up treasures in heaven. So, let me ask you where are you investing your time and talents? Are you investing them in yourself and making short term investments here or are you sharing them and storing up treasures in heaven? How do you know look at your calendar and bank account, where you spend your time and treasure. If we would open up our eyes to those around us we would see that there are many people held back by the chains and the pains of this life. But kindness can cut through the chains of loneliness, abandonment, and anger. You see kindness refreshes relationships and kindness kindles the flame of friendship. Kindness is not just a principle but something we need to put into practice. We need to examine our response to others in the light of love. If negative attitudes quickly surface, if glaring character defects always loom up before us, let’s ask God to help us see others through eyes of love. Love sees faults through a telescope, not a microscope. Remember, more people have been attracted to Christianity by a believer’s kindness that through zeal, eloquence or learning combined. Mark Twain said, “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can see.” Onesiphorus lived up to his name, which means “bringing profit.” So let me end by sharing a few keys to kindness that have been helpful to me:
1. Try to visualize every person you meet as valuable beyond measure and loved by God.
2. Try to visualize yourself as a transformed person who is in the process of developing the attitudes and actions of true love, including being clothed with kindness.
3. And try to be keenly aware of every opportunity to express kindness in action and in word – at home, at school, at work, and everywhere you go.
4. Be on an adventure of spreading love through kindness.
What if you made it your goal to do one kind thing every day, how would the world around you be different?