Greetings to our SUMC Family & Friends,

The most incredible part of Jesus’ mission here on earth is that He died for our sins—No strings attached! Jesus didn’t die because we love him, He died so that we could have the opportunity to love Him through our actions. And our lives are the richest when we follow in His footsteps and do the same for others.

A servant heart is our way of demonstrating the kindness of God by offering to do some act of humble service with no strings attached for someone else. Who doesn’t like to be the recipient of some random act of kindness from another? Especially from someone who is smiling, happy, and having fun doing it. This is what establishes relationships and provides opportunities to share Jesus in a profound way that bypasses mental defenses. It is what shows that we have something inside that creates a curiosity and hunger in others to know more.

In our world today with so much animosity and division the words of Jesus tells us that Christian love is loving others even when they don’t respond in kind—

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:46-48)

Just before saying this Jesus shared this very challenging concept of loving even those we might con-sider enemies.

Kindness builds the bridge for the person to receive a touch of love from God, and through these small touches, relationships with God are born as simple acts of kindness done in the name of Jesus. Do this, and you’ve reached someone with the love of Christ! It’s simple, practical, effective, inexpensive, and fun! Small things done with great love will change the world.

Of course, this is easier said than done—But there are so many ways to love others (even those we don’t agree with) with no strings attached. Here are a few ways of touching another in your life right now:

 

  1. Smile and respond positively to everyone you come in contact with. Greet people with hello.
  2. Next time you go out to eat, leave a great tip along with a note to your server that says “Jesus loves you!”
  3. Offer to assist a neighbor with a project they might be engaged in even if the help is only moral support and company.
  4. Steer every conversation away from negativity opting instead to encouraging a more positive outlook—always find the silver lining.
  5. Pick out and specifically pray for a different person each day/night—especially those you don’t agree with.
  6. Pay it “backward”, so to speak, by paying for the car behind you in a drive-thru.
  7. Take time to write a card or note to someone telling them how much you appreciate them or liked something they did—either recently or many years ago.
  8. Deliberately compliment your friends or family members each and every day.
  9. Tell a young person, related or not how proud you are of them—build someone up!
  10. Call someone you know who is struggling with a challenge. Offer support and unconditional love (Don’t try to fix them). Offer to pray WITH them right then.

 

These are just a few ways we can be the difference and show the love of Jesus Christ to others. I invite you to come up with your own ideas.

Imagine a world in which each and every one of us, begins to show again these little random acts of kindness—how might it change our communities and our world. It starts with us—and it will become contagious!!!

Those who pursue righteousness and kindness, will find life. . . (Proverbs 21:21)

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Fred