Random Acts of Kindness Day?

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Raising awareness of cancer or mental health issues is much needed.

But alongside awareness days there are now ‘appreciation days’ – or months. Do you know March is National Bed Month in the UK? Be sure not to miss it.

And despite my disappointment that America’s National Almond Day hasn’t made it over the Atlantic, there’s good news:

Today is the international Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Rootless Fruit

It’s easy to be cynical. But kindness is good. It reflects the apostle Paul’s command to ‘do good to all people’ (Galatians 6:10).

Because we’re all made in the image of a kind God, Christians don’t have a monopoly on kindness. So we should celebrate random acts of kindness as Christian fruit (Galatians 5:22).

But without Jesus, it’s fruit without a root.

A day?

A day calling for kindness can only be necessary in a culture where people are normally self-centred, lonely and grumpy.

But Christians no longer have to be grumpy because Jesus has given us everything we could ever want (Philippians 4:4).

He’s given us freedom from sin’s power (Romans 6:14), and a church family (Acts 2:44), so we no longer have to be self-centred or lonely.

So for Christians, kindness isn’t something shared for one day to pierce the gloom. It’s the only right response to Jesus. Kindness is our bread and butter. Day in, day out.

Random?

Secondly, random acts seem lavish. But if their main purpose is to feel better about ourselves, our kindness is every bit as self-centred as our lack of it.  

Jesus gives a different purpose to our not-so random acts of kindness:

‘Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:16

Our kindness isn’t about us. It’s about showing how kind God is in Jesus. It’s about others having their hearts transformed by seeing his kindness in us.

 
 

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