Friday, February 6, 2015

Day #6: Acts of LoVeKinDneSS (AOL) { HeArT to hEaRt}

 Day #6: Acts of LoVeKinDneSS (AOL)

{ LoVe Is kind.}
1 Corinthians 13: 4

Tell me of the LoVe of God and I'll know about it.
Show me the LoVe of God and I'll believe it.

Ever heard of RAOK?  The acronym stands for Random Acts of Kindness.  It's a very real thing someone developed (not sure who), to describe the act of doing something randomly kind for humankind! Kinda a cool deal.

But think about this...
God is into acts of kindness.
Our Heavenly Father shows us His love through His actions, and one of them is kindness.

Jonah would agree. He was a stubborn - minded child of God. He had been told by the Lord to go spread His Word of redemption and Jonah didn't want to go. After running from God, being thrown from a ship, swallowed by a giant marine life and tossed onto shore, Jonah was ready to hear and obey.  Its amazing what it takes to get our attention :)

 But Jonah's heart was still not in tap with his feet. He went, but wasn't happy about it.  After Nineveh repents and returns to God, Jonah pitches a fit. Seriously, an adult temper tantrum, because God was good to people that Jonah didn't think deserved God's goodness.

Jonah was angry with the Lord who had just redeemed an entire city and handed him a second chance at life. I forget His blessings just as quickly myself.

Fit-pitching, tantrum-hearted Jonah didn't get his way. So he prepares a shelter for rest and sits under it to watch the city. What would you do to a friend who acted this way?  I'd be tempted to chop down the shelter.

But that's not what God, the friend who loves, did.What happens next is a bit of a surprise. Here comes the eye brow raiser.

{ And the LORD God, prepared a gourd, and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief... Jonah 4:6 }

God responds to humanness, with KiNdNeSS! When the rest of the world isn't kind, the Lord is. Not just a dab here and there. No just a shower of kindness when He gets the chance. He CrOwnS you with lovekindness!

{ Bless the LORD, O my soul: and forget not all his benefits... Who redeems your life from destruction; who CrOwNs you with lovekindness and tender mercies. Psalms 103: 2 + 4 }

God's love is kind. He is the Master at Acts of LoVeKinDneSS! And they are more than random.

Look for the acts of Love from your Heavenly Father. You may be surprised where you find them. Jonah found kindness in an undeserved goard.
What acts of LoVeKinDneSS has He crowned to you?

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