The birth of a Savior is an incredible thing, isn’t it? Freedom, grace, mercy, and the chance at eternal life in Paradise is the kindest gift we can ever imagine. With Jesus, “He has showered his kindness on us” (Ephesians 1:8). But as usual, He didn’t stop there. Even with the pressures of life beating us down, we can speak today’s confession with certainty.
God showers me in kindness.
Sometimes God’s kindness is so intense that we’re forced in our humanness to ask Him to ease up. I think of the incredible generosity shown in the TV series Extreme Makeover Home Edition and I know those gifts ultimately come from God. Sure, Ty Pennington seems to be in charge of everything, but every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17). Ty and his crew are simply the go-betweens.
I’m also reminded of the story of a man imprisoned and severely beaten. I don’t remember his crime, but as he lay in his cell, broken, bleeding, and praying, God showered His love and kindness on the man. It was so intense that the man had to beg God to stop. In his finite body, God’s infinite love became too much to bear.
It’s rare to experience this intensity. And what I’ve seen is that to know this level of love is to also know the opposite. Overwhelming pain, loneliness, and brokenness make us believe God is not there, His love is not ours, and He is far away and uncaring. Then, just when life is darkest, God’s light shines brightest. We are raised from the dead, healed of our afflictions, opened to supernatural things, and we become the go-betweens. He uses us to shower His love and kindness on others, which is still another kindness!
Have you had a real-life experience of God’s kindness? I’d love to hear it!