Message from Staff
This term, RCS has been focussing on love. It has been wonderful to hear feedback that the children are translating this into their home lives.
God is love. And I believe that because we are in Him, it is our call to be loving too. This is a great responsibility in this fallen world, to love all those that we encounter. This week our topic is ‘Love is Kind’. Love and kindness go hand and hand. But like love, kindness has more depth than what appears on the surface.
When delving into the scriptures, Jesus teaches us kindness. The story that comes to mind is the paraplegic on the stretcher in Luke 5:17-26 MSG. The story begins with Jesus teaching while “the Pharisees and religious teachers are sitting around, some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus.” This is the point where Jesus had a choice to make. Given the context, Jesus could have got quite frustrated. He had been teaching to the people who He knew needed to hear His message. Yet Jesus stopped and was impressed by their bold belief and healed the man. He was kind and patient, and poured out His compassion and grace.
How often does this happen in our own lives. We’re busy – organising children, being wives/husbands, serving in church, and juggling all of the other demands of life. Yet, Jesus wants us to stop and be kind. Kindness comes from a heart of love. To be kind, is to be patient. People may come into our lives that may challenge us, yet Jesus asks for us to be patient like Him. To be kind is to show grace. People will let you down, say the wrong thing or act a way you didn’t expect. Yet with the Holy Spirit, Jesus is gracious to us so we can be gracious towards them. To be kind is to sacrifice. Time is precious, a gift that God gives us to use to build His Kingdom. Jesus sacrificed His time for the paraplegic and accompanying friends, even though it ‘interrupted’ His preaching time. Jesus valued kindness.
I challenge you this week to demonstrate kindness as you go about your day. Encourage your children to act with kindness. Because you never know, your kindness (like Jesus’) could change someone’s life.
Junior Hub Teacher