Ruth 2:13, “I hope I continue to please you, sir,” she replied. “You have comforted me by speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers.” (NLT)
Ruth shows a kindness to Naomi. She stays leaves her homeland and comes to live with her in Judah. Boaz shows a kindness to Ruth. He instructs his people to treat her well, allows her to take grain from his fields that will feed her in a time of famine. He gives her water, protection and rest. When asked why Boaz would do this he responds, “Because you showed kindness to Naomi.”
There’s something about kindness and goodwill that builds momentum. It builds over time. It spills out into the lives of others. It’s an investment that returns more than you put into it. It creates in others a willingness to do good for you. Said another way, kindness builds into people a goodwill for you. For Ruth, it was the beginning of a love story.
What kindness have you received? What have you given? Whose life could you influence today with a little kindness? For Ruth, Boaz’s kindness prompted a simply reaction, “I hope I continue to please you, sir.” Because of the kindness of someone else who will you attempt to please today? Who will attempt to please you? It’s such a basic principle we almost laugh it off as something for a kindergartener to learn, but it works regardless of your age. Kindness changes people. Look for ways to be kind to others today.
Thank you for your kindness to me. Your word says that your kindness led me to repentance. Like Ruth, I pray I will continue to please you. Help me to show kindness to others today. I don’t always know how to be kind. I don’t always want to be kind. Help me see the need and give me the desire to show your kindness to people today.
I love you, in Jesus name –