25 May 2014
Loving kindness is what drew my heart to Jesus. I am also drawn toward the loving kindness flowing from other people. I believe no matter who we are, or what we are like, we are instantly drawn toward those persons who radiate loving kindness.
In this loving kindness, i feel accepted and not judged. I feel safe and i feel free. There was once a man who was a hardened criminal. But every week, there would be nuns visiting the prisons, and over time, the loving kindness of these nuns had overwhelmed the criminal that he broke down in tears one day and accepted Jesus as his Lord. The loving kindness led the criminal to repentance and finally freedom from the guilt within. When he was set free, he went on to share the testimony of Jesus to other inmates in prison and i am sure, he also led many to the same repentance and freedom in Christ.
When Jesus started his ministry, he preached: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”. This was not an expression of judgement nor conviction of sin – but Jesus’ words and life were an embrace and act of loving kindness toward those who had lost their way. Jesus also first proclaimed this before he started his ministry:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus never said, i have come to convict the sinners of their sin or i have come to enforce the rules of how to live a sinless life. But painfully, this is what some of the church today is doing. Painfully, this is what good intentioned and God loving Christians are doing. Someone once said, it is our job to love and God’s job to judge. Many believe that loving without discretion is tantamount to ignoring the truth and neglecting the need to guide someone toward the truth. I beg to differ. Not only is it our job to love and show loving kindness, but it is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict and allow true repentance to flow from the heart. Loving kindness leads to true repentance. Whilst there is a time to guide and correct, we need not worry about whether someone will or will not repent or come to Jesus. That is in God’s complete sovereignty and we will only end up frustrating and interfering with the work of the Holy Spirit. That is his specialty and that is his domain. No one has ever been able to do a better job than the Holy Spirit and no one ever will – so we can hang up our boxing gloves in this area – and fight the real battle that is raging within our own hearts at times.
Lord Jesus, lead me in the way of loving kindness. Lead me away from judgement and asserting myself on other people. I acknowledge and affirm that you are the one who draws people with your loving kindness and it is your loving kindness that leads people toward you. Let me not be a stumbling block to another.