When Lawrence Anthony died, twenty South African elephants travelled over twelve hours through the Zululand bush to his house to say goodbye to him – the man who rescued and cared for them in his rehabilitation centre for wild, violent animals. For two days the intelligent animals loitered at Anthony’s house, mourning the death of their friend, before returning to their home in the deep Zululand bush.
It is no surprise that these giant creatures known for their impressive memories that can span for years, remembered the home of Anthony, even though they had not visited the home in over a year. It is also no surprise that these loving creatures who form deep bonds with their masters and families sensed the death of a man who showed them kindness in the past.
Kindness; it is not always returned but it is always appreciated. We can never underestimate the value of a kind act for the kind acts we show today have the power to live on forever.
I’m gently reminding you that kindness is not beyond your reach. It may cost you something, it may never be returned, it may be difficult to show especially to those who hurt you, but it is not beyond your reach. The bible advises us to “Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.” 1 Peter 3: 8
God desires for us to show a practical tenderness; He wants us to have a loving and compassionate deportment that has the ability to refine the rugged and soften the harsh; such a kindness is divine…and God is able to work with us to help us to develop that conquering virtue – kindness. He is able to help us to be, what He has called us to be.
The persons within our influence need our acts of kindness. They need a dose of the powerful force of kindness. Many may only be reached through acts of kindness. According to Ellen G. White, “as they see evidence of our unselfish love, it will be easier for them to believe in the love of Christ.”
So show kindness.
And when we think that we are unable to be kind to another, honestly think of the kindness of God shown toward us. We don’t deserve it; we didn’t earn it; still He showers us with kindness, daily. When we realize how much God loves us despite of who we are, and what we have done, we will begin to show kindness to everyone out of a heart of thanksgiving and worship.
Let us examine ourselves. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to check the current of our kindness. Let us consider our acts of kindness; for kindness is a fruit of the Spirit that every Christian should seek earnestly to possess; it is an active expression of love.
(C) 2014, Dentrecia Blanchette