TOPIC: Be Kind To Other People
READ: 1 Peter 4:7-11 (NKJV)
To be kind is to exhibit a gentle nature, an interest in helping people and doing good to bring about happiness in others. Kindness reveals a heart filled with love. According to the writer of this Epistle (Peter), kindness is expressed in caring and sharing to meet others’ needs, and to meet the daily needs of brethren. This could be done by lending helping hands and support to each other according to the blessings of God upon our lives. The writer prepared the mind of Christians for the difficult times ahead. This is because the Epistle was written few years prior to the destruction of Jerusalem; “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 4:7). It was noticed that even before the destruction, some Jewish Christians were already exiting from Judea and probably had needed material support.
The time before, during and after the destruction of Jerusalem, brought a lot of stress to the Christians. Therefore, the encouragement of Apostle Peter was very necessary; it is timely and relevant in our contemporary world. Since the scourge of the Covd-19 pandemic, the economic situation and sources of livelihood have never remained the same as they were.
Our passage today calls on Christians to exercise their spirit of love by showing kindness to their neighbours. Do you know that in whatever situation you find yourself, you are better than someone? Lend helping hands today and make someone happy.
PRAYER: In what way can you be a burden lifter for someone today?