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Random Acts of Kindness

September 12, 2020

DO KINDNESS

“An amazing gift of kindness was given to my young sons (who were 1 and 4 years old at the time) and me as we traveled by plane from Baltimore to Boston,” reported Cheryl. “After driving around for an hour to find parking, we boarded the parking lot bus—tired, with tons of bags, and worried we would miss our flight.

“An amazing young woman sitting near us saw the struggles we were about to have getting from the bus, through the airport, and on our plane, and offered to go along with us for help since her flight wasn’t leaving for several hours. She then proceeded to help me carry bags, manage a cart, watch my kids as I dealt with airport personnel, help us through security checks, etc.—all with a sense of humor and lightness that helped me feel less stressed, and I know the boys felt better having some help!

“She was an angel sent at the perfect moment. I hope she somehow will know how much I appreciated her help, and her selfless act of kindness!”

Another person, Kelly, shared this story:

“Last week a . . . truck driver came to deliver some food to my elderly grandparents. The employee noticed through the window that my grandfather was out mowing his lawn with his push lawnmower.

“He told my grandma it was way too hot and humid to be out there mowing. My grandma agreed but said Grandpa is too stubborn to stop.

“So out went the . . . man [truck driver], grabbed the mower and finished mowing the lawn.”—http://www.actsofkindness.org/inspiration.

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Sabbath

FOR STUDY

Memory Text: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:22-24, NKJV).

Our Beliefs, no. 11, Growing in Christ: “In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the church. We are also called to follow Christ’s example by compassionately ministering to the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of humanity.”

Ellen G. White, Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, pp. 80-82

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Sunday

RESPONDING

Read Matthew 25:34-40.

Paul has been a Christian all of his life. Ever since he can remember he has been involved in church activities. Lately he has been feeling bored and a little disenchanted with the whole “church experience.” When he heard about Random Acts of Kindness he wanted to try it out. He shared the idea with his friends, but there didn’t seem to be much energy there. “How do you get something like this going?” he asks. “It is so hard to motivate people to try something new.”

What would you suggest? What is the best way to spread the kindness movement? Is he on his own or should he find a partner? How do you think RAOK might affect his church if it were to catch on?

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Monday

BIBLE ANSWERS ON GROWING IN CHRIST

Read Psalm 77:11-12; John 20:21; Colossians 2:6; James 1:27.

As we pray, read and study our Bibles we learn more about how much God loves us. We see how Jesus interacted with others while on earth— He showed kindness, caring, and love. As His children, we are to show the same love, caring, and kindness to those around us.

Find an opportunity and do a random act of kindness this week. Random Acts of Kindness From the Bible

Find the Bible reference that goes with each statement and write the person’s name on the lines provided.

John 12:3
Acts 9:36
2 Kings 5:1-4, 14-16
John 6:9
Luke 10:30-37
Genesis 24:10-21
1 Samuel 25:18, 19
2 Samuel 9:3, 4, 6, 7

1. He was hated among the Jews, but he stopped to save a life anyway.

2. Someone asked her for a drink of water and she gave water to him and all 10 of his camels.

3. She was a disciple who always did good to others.

4. She was the maid of her master’s wife. She helped save her master’s life.

5. Andrew asked him to share his lunch.

6. His father’s best friend showed him kindness and cared for him.

7. He took food to an army of men.

8. Jesus cast demons out of her more than once (Mark 16:9). She loved Him very much.

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Tuesday

REFLECTING

Read John 13:35.

We know that God is the source of all true love and kindness. So who should be the kindest people around?

There are some who will aspire to greatness by being the best student, the best musician, the best looking, the best athlete. Those who are great in those ways get a temporary reward but their satisfaction and happiness do not last. Nothing that we do for selfish purposes will bring lasting happiness. But ask anyone who spreads kindness around what the reward is. They’ll no doubt tell you that it is the greatest experience in the world. The only way to discover how awesome it is to spread kindness is to do it. And who gives you the desire and the power to give of yourself like that? God’s Spirit.

What does John 13:35 say? What is it that will tell others if we are followers of Jesus?

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Wednesday

BIBLE INSIGHTS

Fill in the blanks from the New International Version, using Biblegateway.com.

1. “A man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself” (Proverbs 11:17).

2. “An heart weighs a man down, but a word cheers him up” (Proverbs 12:25).

3. “He who despises his sins, but is he who is kind to the” (Proverbs 14:21).

4. “He who the poor shows for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the honors God” (Proverbs 14:31).

5. “He who is to the lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done” (Proverbs 19:17).

6. “Love is, love is, it does not. It does not, it is not” (1 Corinthians 13:4, NIV).

7. “Make sure that pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is for each other and for everyone else” (1 Thessalonians 5:15).

8. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith; and to,; and to,; and to,; and to,; and to, mutual; and to mutual, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8).

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Thursday

CONNECTING

Read Colossians 3:12-14.

Review the memory text.

“Father, forgive them” is the most heartfelt plea of all time. What about the promise, “You will be with me in paradise”? That’s a promise made to a dying man! When the weight of sin crushed the heart of Christ on the cross He cried, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46, NKJV). These were the words Jesus spoke as He paid the highest cost of setting us free at Calvary. “Well done!” will be one of the most joyous phrases that human ears will ever hear when Jesus welcomes us home to heaven.

These short statements depict the very heart of God for people. You can pack a lot of love in little statements. Yet those little statements are lifeless without the actions behind them. But we can be sure of this: God loved people so much that He wasn’t content to just tell them. He was determined to show them His love. God wants us to do the same thing. We should not only tell others about His love, but show them with our kind actions and words that God cares for each one of them!

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Friday

APPLYING

Read 2 Peter 1:5-8.

The key to developing RAOK (Random Acts of Kindness) as a way of life for you and your friends is a three-part process. We have to be kindheaded, kindhanded, and kindhearted. Sometimes it works in that order. Often, showing kindness to someone you don’t like is a sheer act of will based on the knowledge (kindheaded) that Jesus loves them. But claim the power of God’s grace and just do something kind for them (kindhanded). While you may not have an overnight change of heart, over time you will change. You will experience a different kind of love (God’s agape love) and you will never be the same (kindhearted). Think of people you have a hard time extending kindness to. You don’t have to start there, but doing Random Acts of Kindness is about being ready for anything. After practicing a few RAOK, take a few minutes and reflect on the experience and what you learned from it.