Several years ago a movie came out called Evan Almighty. It was the (fictional) story of a US congressman who was more or less coerced by God into building an ark (i.e., Noah’s ark). At the end of the movie, you discover that “ark” is really an acronym for Acts of Random Kindness. It was a little out of the blue, but I suppose that acts of random kindness can be a sort of shelter and hope for humanity. I take some objection to the word “random.” I think that acts of kindness should be intentional. But random is better than nothing.
In the Bible, kindness is a blessing or caring act that is undeserved. It’s a deed that goes well beyond what is owed a person. For example, if someone does something nice for you and you thank them, that’s not really kindness. Kindness is a sacrifice you make to bless another person. This is such a tangible way to live out our identity in Christ. After all, it was our Father’s kindness that led Him to send His Son (Ephesians 2:6-7). So I will challenge you to express this fruit of the Spirit this week. Think of someone who needs encouragement. Do an intentional act of kindness. It’s not a great acronym, but the person who receives your kindness won’t mind at all.