Be Ye Kind

February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Kindness – it’s a quality parents and teachers work to instill in their children. The Ministry Village ELC is focusing on kindness throughout the month of February, and kindness is one of the tools we use in each of our Ministry Village at Olive programs every day. So let’s take a deeper look at the topic of kindness and how we can use it to glorify God.

A search on BibleStudyTools.com finds 54 instances of the Bible mentioning the word kindness. It is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit taught by Paul. We are taught that love is patient and kind. We are directly instructed to “Be kind one to another.” (Ephesians 4:32) We are encouraged to show kindness to our enemies as well as complete strangers. (Matthew 5:44 and Acts 28) There’s even a secular website called “Kindness is Everything” which asks the question, “How Kind Can You Be Today?” So, what does it mean to “be kind”? Merriam-Webster defines kind as “of a sympathetic or helpful nature.” Kindness is Everything defines it this way: “Kindness is love in action.”

Throughout the month of February, the Ministry Village Early Learning Center is focusing on kindness. Ephesians 4:32 is featured throughout the ELC — on the walls, in the classrooms, and even on shirts worn by ELC staff members. Bible stories taught throughout the month emphasize kindness. Each classroom is participating in a schoolwide Kindness Challenge, with each teacher setting a goal for their class, and students working toward a reward. Teachers are giving the children examples of things they can do each day to be kind to one another, and helping them learn to look for ways to be kind and help others. Even the ELC families are getting involved in the kindness challenge through a kindness calendar that encourages the children to look for ways they can practice kindness at home together.

To be clear, we shouldn’t emphasize kindness on its own. For Christians, kindness is an outward expression of God’s love and influence in our lives. God’s love overflows through us and manifests itself in the things we do every day. At Ministry Village, God’s love shows itself through acts of kindness in various ways. We love and support the ladies of the Charis House. We care for families and individuals struggling with financial hardship and homelessness through Tender Hearts Caring Hands. We listen and encourage those dealing with addiction in our Most Excellent Way program. We demonstrate acts of kindness to the children at the Early Learning Center so they can see what it means to be kind and how it feels to receive kindness. We assist people rebuilding their lives through the Bargain Center. Sometimes the help our clients receive from us is the first time they’ve felt kindness in a really long time. Our prayer and our intention is that the kindness they receive from Ministry Village will reveal the kindness and mercy of God. That’s why we’re here.

Our mission is to put the words of Jesus into action throughout our community – “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV) If you are looking for a place to demonstrate kindness to others for the glory of God, give us a call. We have opportunities through the Bargain Center; at our Tender Hearts Caring Hands benevolence program and food pantry; through the Most Excellent Way addiction support groups; at the Charis House; and at the Ministry Village Early Learning Center. And in the spirit of National Random Acts of Kindness Day, here are some suggestions on ways you can show kindness to those in your path today and every day. Maybe your act of kindness will be the one that points them to the Savior.

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