I wonder if you enjoy any of the Marvel movies? Each one identifies a superhero that citizens alert when they are in need. They illuminated the darkness with a bright symbol of their hope as a sign for their hero to help.
Like the world, these superheroes inhabit this planet is a mess. The need is scary, relationships are messy, and kindness seems to be on our endangered species list. But we can have great hope, As believers, we believe it is possible to carry ourselves with grace and dignity, even in a culture aiming to celebrate anger and division.
These are the kinds of everyday heroes our world needs more of. We don’t need a cape to become this kind of hero. The one requirement to be a kind hero, Is to be willing. All before you enlist, let me give this disclaimer: We cannot do this on our own. We need to be indwelling of the Holy Spirit to keep us on track, protect us from falling away from the right path.
Here’s what we’re trying to avoid: ‘At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hated by one another. (Titus 3-4)
Kindness is learned. It doesn’t come naturally. Because of sins damage, we can’t love others well in our own strength. But that’s only part of the story. The good part comes next: “But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the ‘Holy Spirit.” Titus 3 4-5)
Though we didn’t deserve it, Jesus responded with goodness and kindness. We need God’s help to see the people around us as the image-bearers they are. We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to see everyone through the eyes of love. No exceptions. God’s love is fierce and passionate for everyone. When we submit our lives to God’s plan, passionate about everyone. When we submit our lives to God’s plan passionately pursuing our mission to bring Him glory. He’ll take our small acts of kindness and multiply then in says we cannot imagine.
Titus 3: 3-7