MODELING INTENTIONAL KINDNESS
Several years ago I was invited to a Chinese church in San Jose, California. As I’m flying there I’m on the plane and I was asking the Lord what He wanted me to do there.
The topic scheduled for that weekend was spiritual warfare and deliverance. I really didn’t see that as being very related to kindness. Do you? Some people associate spiritual deliverance being more like people getting knocked down and driving demons out of them and perhaps somebody even screaming.
I’m flying there. I’m talking to the Lord, “Are you going to give me some words of knowledge to give some people? What’s on Your heart here?”
The Lord stopped me in my tracks and said, “I want you to intentionally overdo kindness as you are with this people.” He said, “Because of their culture (I’d never perceived this before because I’m not raised in an Asian culture) their family structure can be very demanding. It can wear some of them out emotionally. They feel like I do not love them even though they hear the concept that I love him. You’re going to model extreme kindness to them.”
That actually caught me off guard. I thought I was kind already. But God was communicating to me that I needed to really go out of the way to be kind there.
When I got there I was really trying to figure out “Okay, outside of smiling at people, what does that actually look like?” The Lord said, “What that looks like is I’m only going to give words of knowledge to you that encourage them in My love.”
The Lord continued, “I’m not going to give you words about their destiny. I’m not going to give you words that points to their future. This is a weekend for them to discover how much I love them tangibly.”
Then He said, “Every time they ask you to serve or pray for them I don’t want you to hesitate. I want you to stop whatever you’re doing immediately, engage them, pray for them and bless them.”
This was a church of 4,000 or 5,000 people. I thought “Wow, this is going to be an intense weekend.”
The people who picked me up at the airport immediately said to me, which I thought was cute, “Let’s go get your bags. But before we go could you pray and give us a word?”
I said, “Yes, let’s do it right now.” We’re in the airport. I’m praying a blessing over them. They’re asking “What does God want from my life?” God was manifesting Himself as a tender father and telling them how much He loved them.
In fact, the whole weekend was really dramatic. As God had me modeling kindness, people started getting healed of physical conditions because acts of kindness with God’s presence.