|“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”
What do you think of when you think about Christmas? If you could pick one word that describes Christmas what would it be? When I think of Christmas I think about kindness. It is such a perfect time of year not for just celebrating the birth of Jesus but giving kindness to others.
Christmas is filled with gifts of kindness that God gives to us.
The Christmas story begins with Mary and Joseph traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be counted for a census by order of Caesar, the Roman govenor. When they arrive in Bethlehem, there is no room for them at the inn.
Here are 3 Acts of Kindness that Are Given Throughout the Christmas Story.
Kindness Act #1 The Innkeeper
Even though there were no rooms available in the Inn, the InnKeeper offered the only space available, the stable. This is where one of the greatest events in the Bible occurred, the birth of Jesus. The innkeeper did not have to offer them anything, but he did. Because of his kindness, a beautiful story unfolded.
Kindness Act #2 The Shepherds
An angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 The Shepherds were so taken back by the visit and news of the angel that they left their fields of flock to tell Mary and Joseph what they had seen and heard from the angel. They didn’t have to leave their fields, but by them doing this, they sent a very treasured message heard by many.
Kindness Act #3 The Magi (Wise Men)
”When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mother Mary and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure and presented him with gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11 Not only were these 3 gifts from the wise men filled with kindness, but they protected the whereabouts of Jesus so King Herod could not have baby Jesus killed.
The story of Christmas is filled with God’s lovingkindness. Just as the 3 Wise Men gave Jesus 3 gifts of kindness, God gives us 3 gifts of kindness during Christmas.
Is kindness apart of your Christmas story?
I would love to hear how do you share kindness during Christmas? Please leave comments below!
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