In the Bible, Jesus Christ made this statement: “This is my command, love one another” (John 15:17, NIV). When Jesus Christ walked the earth, He demonstrated love and kindness in many ways: He fed the hungry; He ministered to the hurting; healed people with physical afflictions; He offered many kind words; He provided much hope and encouragement; He demonstrated a caring nature to those who did not have a true friend, and He paid our sin-debt through His death on the cross for our sins. As you read the New Testament of the Bible, you will quickly realize the examples of kindness that Jesus offered others far surpasses those I have mentioned. Jesus Christ is a role model for us regarding demonstrating love towards others.
In this day and age, people who love and care about others and whose lives mirror the qualities of Jesus Christ surround us as well. I recently read an article about a high school principal from Charleston, SC, named Henry Darby. He is a kind person dedicated to his school and the learning process and wellbeing of his students. He leads and directs his school to facilitate an ideal teaching setting for his teachers and an optimal learning environment for his students.
The article discussed his caring nature, kind heart, and compassion for others who are in need. While Darby is a high school principal by day, he also works a night job at a store stocking shelves. He takes the money he earns from his part-time job and gives it to others in need. As I read this article, I began shedding tears because you quickly realized where this man’s heart is! He is making personal sacrifices to meet the needs of others. What a role model for us! In this day and age, you do not have to look very far to find someone who needs assistance, and there are many ways we can help them!
When I think about Darby’s kindness, several Bible verses come to my mind that can apply to him. For example: “For where a man’s treasure is, there his heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, NIV); “Therefore, by their fruits, you shall know them” (Matthew 7:20, NIV); “As the water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (Proverbs 27:19, NIV): “For we are God’s handiwork created through Christ Jesus to do good works, which He has prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV). Thank you, Mr. Darby, for being a great role model, evidenced by the sacrifices you have made and the many acts of kindness you have extended to others while doing the work placed before you!
Self-reflection consideration: after reflecting on this article, and Biblical passages provided, ask yourself: What needs are present around me, and how can I demonstrate love towards others in a manner taught by Jesus Christ?” Many blessings to you!
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“God never leaves you nor forsakes you.” I’ve heard that before. “Jesus will leave the 99 to come after you.” I’ve heard that one too. Meanwhile, fear creeps up when life hurls a season of loneliness our way, and poof! Churchy sayings hold as much weight as thin air. Believe it or not, God is cheering us on and inviting us to thrive amidst the loneliness. Yes, it’s weird and scary, but this emptiness is a safe space where you get to hear the God of everything speak the loudest. You’re safe because God is so good at owning goodness amidst our dank, confused, lonely seasons, and because of Him, you aren’t so by yourself.”