There is a lot of distrust when someone shows kindness when we are unable to identify the reason. The attitude is that people have a hidden agenda. This is especially true when you live in cities like New York. We can be a hard bunch at times. But as unbelievable as it seems, there are many of us who make showing kindness a habit.
My older son is one of those people; he is always helping someone. He is the only driver I know who can spot someone at the side of the road blocks away asking drivers for money. He keeps single dollars in his car for these people. And there is no expectation from them. If we can show kindness, what about God? God’s kindness benefits us much like the homeless benefits when we help them. In Romans 2:4 The Voice we see, “Do you take the kindness of God for granted? Do you see His patience and tolerance as signs that He is a pushover when it comes to sin? How could you not know that His kindness is guiding our hearts to turn away from distractions and habitual sin to walk a new path?”
There is purpose in God’s kindness. God is holy and cannot tolerate sin. Sin has consequences. “The payoff for a life of sin is death, but God is offering us a free gift—eternal life through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King.” Romans 6:23. So, insteading of the punishment that we deserve, God offers us the gift of eternal life. In other words, His kindness is guiding our hearts away from sin to eternal life with Him.
As with any offer, we have the ability to accept or reject. We have a choice. Rejection does not mean that the penalty will go away. If the doctor tells me that my blood pressure is high, and I do not want to accept that fact, I can get a second opinion. If the result is the same and I refuse to believe and take corrective action, I can experience a health crisis. Do not refuse God’s offer; accept it!
Thought for Today: Friend, eternal life is a gift from God: accept it!
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.