Acts of Kindness

Have you ever thought of those words in that prayer the Lord taught His disciples - "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors?" Many times have we perhaps said those words like a parrot; but, reader, have you ever thought about it? Suppose God took us at our word. What sort of forgiveness would it be? "As we forgive." Think about it, dear young friends.

I remember an example of old Sam, a black man, in a village many years ago. He had been treated very badly by a former companion of prior years. They had since been parted for a long time. Years rolled on, and they were brought together again. Sam’s enemy had been injured, and was brought to live in a little hut in the village where Sam was living. He was almost helpless, and would soon have died.

Every day Sam was seen going to this poor man’s hut, to dress his wounds and bring him food and water. At length some one asked, "Is he your brother?" Sam replied, "No, he is not my brother." They then asked, "Is he your father?" "O, no," said Sam, "he is not my father." "Who is he then? Surely he must be some relative that you show him such great kindness."

Sam’s reply was, "He is an old enemy, and the Bible says that we shall love our enemies." What a good example of kindness.

"But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you" (Luke 6:27).