The Kindness Habit: Second Saturday in Lent
Part 1 The Power of Kindness: Jesus Brought Kindness to ALL People
Studying the ministry of Jesus, I learn His focus, His mission was on one thing: the Kingdom of God. Jesus wanted to not just preach but show the Kingdom of God to the people. He wanted them to understand what this meant. to me, Kingdom of God can be summed up in 2 words: love & kindness. Everything Jesus did was out of love & in kindness to the people. He mostly focused on the Jews however, Jesus was kind to everyone.
Now you might be thinking, “Sure He was kind to everyone. He’s Jesus.” True but kindness was not in great supply in those days. In fact, I can see where kindness might be seen as a weakness, allowing others to take advantage of a kind individual or bring them harm. This was a dangerous society & people had to be careful.
Not only were things harsh in society, things were harsh within their faith. There were rules, lots of rules that had to be followed & one these concerned sacrifices. When people went to the Temple, they brought a sacrifice & if they didn’t bring one, well, they could buy one from one of the vendors doing business at the Temple. Make you sacrifice, clean yor slate & you are good to go until next time. As you can see, this didn’t bring about transformative change in believers & that is what Jesus was looking for, change.
In this story, Jesus had just shared dinner with the tax collectors & sinners only to be criticized by the Pharisees for hanging out with such bad, bad people. Jesus lays them out in lavender. Love that expression! He tells them He didn’t come to hang out with good people because they don’t need Him. He came to help those that no one else would help. He came to show kindness to those that most needed it, the outcasts. Now Jesus was kind to everyone, but, unlike the Pharisees & others in society who only showed kindness to people like themselves.
Jesus transformed the world with love & kindness. He is asking us to do the same today. We may see kindness a a sign of weakness but then we must ask ourselves, How weak do we consider Jesus to be? He set an example for us. Now we must go & do likewise.