Agent 777 - Pastor Junie Josue

What kindness can do

You wonder how God wins someone to Himself and His will for their life. Is it by His anger? Or by threats of judgment and hell? Many instances, it wasn’t these things that Jesus showed God’s heart to people while He was on earth. It was through kindness and grace. He did even to the worst sinner He crossed path with. It is actually the kindness of God that leads us to repentance. And it is His kindness through us that others get to know Him and turn their lives over to Him.

Allan Emery, who has not only been successful in business but has also devoted much of his time to providing leadership to many Christian organizations, is highly respected as a shrewd, yet kind man. He credits his father for his kindness.

Allan recalls taking an extended train trip with his parents as a youngster. One morning in the dining car, he heard his father, himself an important businessman, comment that the porter seemed to be in pain and walked with a limp. The poor man, it turned out, was suffering from an infected ingrown toenail.

Later in the morning, Allan was surprised to see the porter coming from his parent’s sleeping car. There was a distressed look on his face, and as he walked by, tears fell from his eyes and cascaded down his cheeks. Going into the men’s lounge, the man put his hands over his face and cried. Allan sat down on the bench beside him and at length asked, “Are you crying because your toe hurts?” “No,” said the man, “it was because of your daddy.”

With great concern, Allan pressed for the story. His parents had returned from breakfast and immediately approached the porter, asking about his toe. The older Mr. Emery explained that he wasn’t a doctor but he might be able to help him. He removed the man’s shoe and sock, and carefully lanced the infected toe, cleaned it, and carefully bandaged it. “It doesn’t hurt at all now,” said the porter through his tears. “It feels fine.” Allan asked, “Then why are you crying?”

“Well while he was dressing my toe, your daddy asked me if I love the Lord Jesus. I told him my mother did but that I did not believe as she did. Then he told me Jesus loved me and had died for me. As I saw your daddy carefully bandaging my foot, I saw a love that was Jesus’ love and I knew I could believe it. We got down on our knees and we prayed and now, I know that I am important to Jesus and that He loves me.”

With that the porter burst into tears again. When his sobs subsided, he looked over at Allan and said, “You know, boy, kindness can make you cry.”

Our hearts ache for kindness that love gives. We all long to be loved, accepted and cared for. God is the source of all these things. As we surrender our inner aches and pains to Him and make Jesus the Lord and Savior of our lives, He fills the void in our hearts and empowers us to share His goodness to others. Imagine a world full of love, full of kindness!

Pastor Junie Josue is Senior Pastor of International Worship Centre at 1077 St. James St. (Worship Services: Sundays-9 a.m. Tagalog, 10:45 a.m. English. 6:30 p.m.) and host of radio program Higher Life on CKJS 810 AM, Monday to Friday, 8:50 a.m. For more information call 774-4478.

Volume 11 No 18 - September 16-30, 2013
Ang Peryodiko - The Newspaper For Overseas Filipino
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