How would you like to be remembered? As someone who was smart? As someone who was tough? As someone who earned a lot of money? Or as someone who was kind; someone who gave others hope for the future?
Think back to the people who have made an impression on your life. Was it because they were intelligent or strong or rich? They certainly may have been those things. However, it is the person who was kind to you; who was thoughtful; who seemed to put you before themselves; people who gave you hope for the future. These are the ones that you remember even now.
Jesus always put His teachings in very practical terms. For example:
“I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and
you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you invited
me into your home.”
This is kindness in action.
What a great world we would live in if we were people like this:
“Don’t just pretend to that you love others. Really love them.
Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. Love each
other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring
Kindness is hard to separate from the issue of forgiveness. In fact the Bible constantly places the two together. Life in this world brings us into continuous contact with people who irritate us, frustrate us, even drive us to the brink of frenzy. Despite this the Bible repeats this theme: Be forgiving, for God is a forgiving God, and we are to be like Him.
“… clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness,
humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make
allowance for each others’ faults and forgive the person
who offends you. Remember the Lord forgives you, so you
must forgive others. And the most important piece of
clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us
together in perfect harmony… and always be thankful.”
What do you remember about others? How do you want to be remembered? Try a little kindness and a little forgiveness and you will see the peace and harmony and hope that God promises come to you and your family and to your community
That’s how I want to be remembered.