Preemptive Kindness

“The King will answer and say to them, “truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to me.”” Matt 25:40

Every human being has been created uniquely by God in His own image.  God defined the value of every human being with the shedding of His Son’s blood.  Yet I still find myself assessing people to decide wether or not they are worthy of my love, my time or my consideration.  It’s easy to look at an oncoming person in a crowd and decide that their grumpy attitude, or their prideful demeanor, disqualify them from a good interaction with me.  We practice reactionary kindness.  We practice reactionary grace.  We practice reactionary love.  I will bless and welcome you in a way that is directly corespondent to my assessment of your character.  We find ourselves loving those that love us and hating those that hate us.  Yet what greater reason could I have for being kind to someone than knowing that they bear the image of my creator.  What greater value is possible to have than the worth of Jesus Christ’s own blood.  Who am I to place a standard of worth higher than that.  My kindness, grace and love should not be a reaction to an individual directly but a reaction to the value God has defined for human beings in the Gospel.  We can love people before assessing wether they are worthy of it.  The Gospel empowers us to show preemptive kindness.  

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  1 John 4:11