July 4 | Bible in a Year: Job 28-29; Acts 13:1-25
The Kindness Man
When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her.
READ LUKE 7:11–17
Disillusioned and wanting a more meaningful life, Leon quit his job in finance. Then one day he saw a homeless man holding up this sign at a street corner: KINDNESS IS THE BEST MEDICINE. Leon says, “Those words rammed straight into me. It was an epiphany.”
Leon decided to begin his new life by creating an international organization to promote kindness. He travels around the world, relying on strangers to provide him with food, gas, and a place to stay. Then he rewards them, through his organization, with good deeds such as feeding orphans or building on to a school for underprivileged children. He says, “It’s sometimes seen as being soft. But kindness is a profound strength.”
Christ’s very essence as God is goodness, so kindness naturally flowed from Him. I love the story of what Jesus did when He came upon the funeral procession of a widow’s only son (Luke 7:11-17). The grieving woman most likely was dependent on her son for financial support. We don’t read in the story that anyone asked Jesus to intervene. Purely from the goodness of His nature (v. 13), He was concerned and brought her son back to life. The people said of Christ, “God has come to help his people” (v. 16).
By Anne Cetas
REFLECT & PRAY
You, God, are always showering me with Your gifts of love. I praise You for caring for me.
What kindnesses does Jesus pour out on you? List them and thank Him.
In the entire Bible, the town of Nain is only mentioned here in Luke 7. It was located more than twenty miles southwest of Capernaum (Jesus’ northern ministry headquarters on the Sea of Galilee) and about seven miles south of Nazareth (Jesus’ boyhood home). As such, it’s right in the middle of Christ’s home territory. As the site of a miracle of life out of death, however, Nain has even more significance. It was close to the ancient site of Shunem, a city that no longer existed except in the memory of the people. Why was it remembered? At Shunem, Elisha the prophet raised a woman’s son from the dead (2 Kings 4:8-36). No wonder, then, that when Jesus raised the widow of Nain’s son from the dead, the people responded by declaring, “A great prophet has appeared among us” (Luke 7:16). They still remembered what Elisha had done! Bill Crowder