Interruptions offer an opportunity to witness

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By George Smith

Cal Thomas said, "Love talked about is easily ignored. But love demonstrated is irresistible.” 

Jesus not only talked about love and kindness, but he modeled it for us. In Luke 8:40-56 Jesus showed kindness to two individuals and thus illustrated for us ways we may show kindness to others.

Jesus was approached by a ruler of the synagogue named Jairus to come and heal his daughter. While Jesus was on the way to bring the young girl back to life, a lady in a large crowd of people reached out and touched the hem of His garment.  Jesus healed her and the little girl. In this story you see how Jesus expressed kindness.

First, Jesus paid attention to the two individuals and their needs. When Jairus requested Jesus to heal his daughter, Jesus immediately changed directions and started following Jairus.

How do we handle interruptions? We all have them. We have our plans and something unexpected is thrown in the midst of our agenda. We need to see that sometimes interruptions are an opportunity to minister that we would miss if we ignored them.

Jairus was not the only interruption Jesus had. A woman who had been sick for 14 years caused Jesus to stop on his journey to the home of Jairus. She touched the garment of Jesus and immediately He was aware of her touch. He took time to give personal attention to the woman.

Jesus showed kindness by paying attention to her but also in affirming her. He listened to her story of woe. Are we good listeners? Most of us don't take time to listen. Jesus affirmed her when he said, “Your faith has made you whole. Go in peace.”

Our Lord also expressed kindness to the woman through acceptance. She had been an outcast from society for many years because of her illness. Jesus talked to her and healed her.

The way Jesus conducted himself with the woman and Jairus serves as an example of how we need to relate to people. Here is kindness in action. Let us go forth to follow the example given us by our Lord. People need our attention. They need to feel accepted and affirmed by us.