But God is so rich in mercy; he loved us so much that even though we were spiritually dead and doomed by our sins, he gave us back our lives again when he raised Christ, from the dead - only by his undeserved favor have we ever been saved - and lifted us up from the grave into glory along with Christ, where we sit with him in the heavenly realms - all because of what Christ Jesus did. And now God can always point to us as examples of how very, very rich his kindness is, as shown in all he has done for us through Jesus Christ.
Because of his kindness you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves, it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it. It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. Ephesians 2: 4-10 (TLB)
Chuck Kralik is from Missouri. Recently, he attended a minor league game with his family. Early in the game a batter hit a foul ball that sailed into the stands. It took a few unpredictable bounces off nearby seats, then landed in the waiting hands of his son, Aidan. Aidan was now the proud owner of a baseball that had been used by the professionals! Chuck commented on his son's luck and shared the fact that he had never caught a foul ball. Aidan was surprised by that as he held his souvenir baseball tightly in hand.
Later that evening, Aidan approached his father and said he wanted Chuck to have the baseball he had caught. Chuck knew how special the ball was to him and was amazed at the sacrifice his son was willing to make.
Kindness is one fruit of the Spirit the apostle Paul wrote about in Galatians 5. We demonstrate kindness when we put others ahead of ourselves. Of course, we see the ultimate example of kindness in Jesus. He was willing to offer his grace in exchange for our sin.
Chuck persuaded his son to keep his baseball, but he still holds on to the memory of Aidan's sacrificial kindness that day. And Chuck will always remember the sacrifice of Jesus in giving him eternal life. Hopefully we will also remember what Jesus did for each of us - Amazing Grace!
Prayer: Father God, thank you for showing us your kindness through the love and sacrifice of Jesus as we pray in His name. amen