How To Witness Through Kindness
I say, love your enemies . . . If you love only those who love you, what good is that? (Matthew 5:44-46).
Have you ever considered how you might be a fruitful witness for our Lord simply through kindness?
I am reminded of the story of two Japanese farmers, one a Christian and one not a Christian.
One of them, a Christian, was a very diligent and honest man. Every day he would haul pails of water up the steep slope to his terraced field and irrigate his meager crop.
The second farmer, not a Christian, tilled the terrace just below. Daily he would make a hole in the dike and let the other farmer's water run down into his field.
The first farmer was upset. Being a Christian, he went to his pastor for advice. The pastor told him to keep on watering and to say nothing. He did this for several days, taking his pails of water up the steep slope, but nothing changed. He kept observing the second farmer stealing his water.
Exasperated again, the Christian farmer returned to his pastor for more advice. This time the pastor advised him to water his neighbor's crop as well. So the next day, he laboriously hauled water to his neighbor's field and watered his crops. Then after that he took care of his own.
This went on for three days. Finally, the second farmer approached the first and asked, "How do I become a Christian?"
The first farmer's kindness caused the heart of the second farmer to change and made him want to be a Christian. He was not convinced by theology or by religious ritual; he was changed by a Christian act of love.
Jesus said, "Love your enemies!.... If you love only those who love you, what good is that? (Matthew 5: 44,46, TLB). In His divine wisdom, Jesus was not just providing a religious platitude, but some very practical advice. He knew that more people would be won for the kingdom by love and kindness than by argument.
Kindness is an attitude or action that shows genuine friendship or concern for others. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "Stop being mean, bad-tempered, and angry. Quarreling, harsh words, and dislike of others should have no place in your lives. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ" (4:31-31, TLB).
In considering how our attitude should be toward others, let us remember how God in His kindness saw us in our depraved and lost condition and forgave us, by the sacrifice of His own Son, because He loves us.
"God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8, TLB).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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