Kindness doesn’t seem sensational. It’s lumped into the boring, normal, ought to category. But the more I research, the more scandalous kindness is. We’re numb to the miracle that kindness is. It’s a triumph over selfishness. And that undeserved kindness also goes by the name… grace.
But we won’t truly grasp the magnitude of kindness if we don’t own our need for it.
Yes we are forgiven and free in Christ, but why is that? Because we needed scandalous kindness. Your sin and mine bought us a one way ticket to eternity separated from our creator. But our God saw us through the lens of grace, reached out in sacrifice for His beloved creation, and took the blow meant for us.
But our God saw us through the lens of grace, reached out in sacrifice for His beloved creation, and took the blow meant for us.
Who would you do that for? Maybe your children, husband, best friend?
Once my 3 year old was riding his red “Cars” big-wheel in the street when an SUV roared down the hill. There was no way he could cross in time alone. So I ran to the middle of the street, pulled him from the big-wheel and ran out of the way. I didn’t think about my own life, my love for my kid innately spurred me into action despite danger to my own life.
I believe God’s kindness for us is even deeper and more innate and ours mirrors His. After all, we are made in His image (Gen 1:27), so any seed of love comes from Him.
We are made in His image (Gen 1:27), so any seed of love comes from Him.
Pause for a second and think of how you’ve been kind this week. Did the person deserve your kindness? Or was it grace– scandalous and undeserved?
Our God is a kind God. I’ve stumbled on this idea in the past. Why would God want a sinful person like me? Answer- because I’m His kid. And so are you. He didn’t make us for sport. He fearfully and wonderfully made us and adopted us into His family. Never to be lost again. Because of His scandalous kindness.
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:3-5 ESV)
Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She’s a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. She believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers.