Happy World Kindness Day!
Jesus tells us to be salt and light.
He says in Matthew 5, “You are the salt of the earth, but what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled under foot as worthless. You are the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead a lamp is placed on a stand where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.”
Salt was used for the preservation and flavoring of food. Salt helped society. The same is true for light. It had its obvious implications of illuminating the darkness, providing safety, and offering heat. Society would be in a worse place if not for salt and light.
It seems Jesus’ point is clear. Christians are to be salt and light; we are to improve society by being the true hands and feet of the Lord.
Annually, World Kindness Day is celebrated November 13. It is a day designed to unite humanity through kindness. I believe the challenge for Christians is to extend kindness beyond one day a year to every day. Are we truly the salt and light of the world? How well do we model Jesus’ behavior?
- Jesus treated others the way he wanted to be treated.
- Jesus loved and prayed for his enemies.
- Jesus was compassionate. He empathized with those who were hurting.
- Jesus always offered an encouraging word.
- Jesus was gracious. He did not throw mistakes in a person’s face, but offered grace to the person.
Be salt and light!
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