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Unusual Kindness
6/30/2017

Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. Acts 28:1-2 (NKJV)

Have you ever been caught out in a storm so bad you had to seek any potential refuge able to provide shelter and protection?  I know I have.  One time I was up in the mountains of Utah, above a little town called Richfield.  My family, friends, and I were up in the mountains riding our sport utility ATV’s, when we suddenly encountered a violent storm-front.  Lightning bolts were dancing about the mountaintops, and I realized we needed to get to some type of shelter.

I made the decision to lead everyone down the quickest way off the mountain by taking a narrow trail probably made by mountain goats.  Soon we were back to the flatlands, and hiding under a highway overpass — cold and chilled to the bone.  When the storm had subsided we journeyed back towards town.  Along the way we stopped by a little convenience store to get something warm to drink, and to take a rest.  When we walked into the store the people working there met us with an unusual kindness. 

I have to believe this is what the Apostle Paul, Luke, and the others felt as they had just swam to shore from their broken and destroyed ship.  It was cold and rainy so everyone was chilled to the bone.  The people on the Island of Malta saw this and they were filled with compassion for those who were experiencing tribulation.  Luke records, “And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold.”

As I look to this story I can see a recipe for us to follow in our own Christian life.  As we look around, we don’t have to look far to see people who are suffering because of various trials.  When we see this we don’t need to preach to them, we just need to show them love, compassion, and unusual kindness.  We can do this because we have the heart of Jesus who is gracious and full of compassion (Ps. 145:8).  And we can do this knowing Jesus has been compassionate and merciful to us as well.

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 1 Peter 3:8 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to look around at others.  When you see someone hurting, or cold and hungry; don’t judge them for how they came to be this way, simply show them the love of Jesus and help to meet their needs.  Show them unusual kindness.

STUDY QUESTION:  According to 1 Peter 3:8 what should our attitude be towards others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself having compassion on others or do you try to justify why they are being tossed about in the waves of tribulation.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask the Lord to allow you to see others in the same way He does.  Now ask Him to give you the ability and desire to show them unusual kindness.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for showing me unusual kindness.  Thank You for showing me how I should treat others.  Help me to see others as You do, and fill me with Your desire and ability to show them this same kindness.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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