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Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other. ~ John 13:34-35, The Message

One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: ‘Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?’ Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.’ ~ Matthew 22:35-40, The Message

 “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” ~ James 2:17, The Message

 

Since the central virtue of our Christian faith is LOVE, and not KINDNESS, I refuse to buy into this world’s ubiquitous bumper-sticker theology, which declares people can change the world through their “random acts of kindness.” In fact, I really dislike this “random acts of kindness” mantra, because the tiny bit of wisdom that can be found in this commonly repeated expression is based on a half-truth. Furthermore, it is this half-truth that clearly has deceived/misled the believers who have adopted this half-truth as a Divine Truth!

My point here is that being kind never can be a bad thing, per se. For sure, no matter what the reasons/motives are for why some people carry out their acts of kindness, it is a fact that most acts of kindness do some good and shine some rays of hope. However, the problem many believers in God and Jesus the Christ should have with the moral attractiveness of the “random acts of kindness” motto is that this widely accepted saying basically suggests that being kind to one another is something that ONLY should happen every once in a while, and happen coincidentally or even unconsciously!

The absolute truth is that there is a distinct difference between the “random acts of kindness” shown by non-Christians and the “good deeds” true Christians do. Furthermore, where believers are concerned, the Word of God says that faith without works is dead, as James writes: “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” ~ James 2:17, The Message.

The Word of God also says that the LOVE believers have for God and for mankind will move them to do good deeds, which have an “eternal significance,” because the doing of loving good deeds was part of God’s plan for the world before life began (cf. Matthew 22:37-40; Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 10:24; Hebrews 13:1-3; and Titus 3:8). Indeed, it was God’s plan from eternity not only to rejuvenate and save humans from a life of sin, but also to sanctify born again and justified believers in Jesus the Christ via His Holy Spirit so that they will have the mind of Christ and the desire to live a life like Jesus the Christ lived.

As a result of the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying ministry, believers are able to produce the nine fruit of the Holy Spirit, of which LOVE is the MAIN fruit and from which comes the eight other fruit of the Holy Spirit, including kindness (cf. Galatians 5:22-25). True Christians, thus, love others because this is God’s Perfect Will. For these reasons, NO act of kindness should ever be “random”: (made, done, happening, or chosen without method or conscious decision) or (having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective) or (lacking any definite plan or prearranged order; haphazard) or (governed by or depending on chance).

Why not random? Well, for one thing, the Word of God makes it clear that believers who have the God kind of LOVE in them should be making conscious (intentionally conceived) efforts to be loving and therefore kind to all mankind at all times, which means believers just don’t do acts of kindness during the Christmas season, or annually during a week’s observance, or when “special” scheduled events are taking place during a “church” year. Then too, godly acts of kindness undoubtedly must be an integral (essential, fundamental) part of every believer’s life. Lastly, when believers’ acts of kindness become their way of life—when they are living out Jesus the Christ’s message (Gospel)—then believers’ acts of kindness will prove to the world that these acts never were supposed to be “random,” but, instead, they always were meant to be loving (godly), deliberate (conscious/on purpose), and altruistic, and they should happen daily!