Have You Ever Been This Kind?

Have You Ever Been This Kind?

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When was the last time you did something that was so amazingly kind that others will remember your actions the rest of their lives?

If it’s been awhile, I encourage you to take two minutes to watch a video clip of some young men who refused to play basketball against another team … as an act of incredible kindness. (If a screen does not appear below, click here.)

As Hudson Bradley, the young Vanguard player, said: “We all need someone to believe in us. We all need someone who knows our mistakes and loves us anyway.”

Isn’t that how Jesus loves you and me? He not only knows our mistakes and sins … he paid for them with his very life.

And even though we keep making the same mistakes and sins over and over, he loves us anyway and continues to lavish his kindness on us day after day (Rom. 5:8; Luke 6:35; Eph. 2:4-7).

How can you say thank you for such extravagant kindness?

One way is to ask God to open your eyes to see opportunities today to display the same type of kindness that the students at Vanguard showed to the players from Gainesville.

And if someone asks you why you did it, don’t miss the opportunity to tell them about the lavish kindness of Jesus Christ.

– Ken Sande

Reflection Questions

  • How do you think the Gainesville players felt when they entered a gym with hundreds of people cheering for them? How could this kind of encouragement and support be used by God to change the course these young men’s lives?
  • Think of a time when someone showed you this kind of unexpected and extravagant kindness. How did it make you feel? What impact did it have on your life?
  • How is it that people who do not yet know Christ often show amazing kindness to others? (Hint: read about Common Grace)
  • Why should Christians be known for displaying this type of kindness to others? Are you and your church living up to this calling? What could you do to develop this kind of kindness in the days ahead? (Hint: start by dwelling much on the gospel of Christ!)
  • If you’d like develop a greater capacity to see and act on opportunities to exercise kindness, read Seven Steps to Empathy and Serving a Barista.

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© 2015 Ken Sande

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6 Responses to "Have You Ever Been This Kind?"
    • Thanks, Curt. These young men inspired me too! I thank God that because of his grace, both common and special, there are millions of these kinds of actions around the world every day.

  1. Imagine the impact if 90% of the news had stories like this, instead of the other way around. I showed this story to my boys that play basketball. I hope it encourages them to stand out in a positive way like those boys.

  2. Thank you for sharing and for the discussion points. I live in Los Angeles today I was feeling very particularly discouraged and low about humanity, and the direction of our society. Thank you for sharing this reminder that there are people who value kindness. I am hoping my husband and I will use the discussion points with our teen girls.

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