God requires something of us. Three somethings, actually, according to the prophet Micah; to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God. That is the beautiful way that the gospel of John is talking about when it declares that Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life.” The good news is that, whatever God requires us to do, God gives us the grace to accomplish. So what is this beautiful way that God is inviting and empowering us to walk into?
This week, we talk about kindness. Kindness is having a marketing moment right now—t-shirts, mugs, Instagram filters. But there’s a backlash as well. Does loving kindness mean we have to focus on making everyone around us happy all the time? Does loving kindness mean we have to throw our healthy boundaries out the window? Many times, people experience talk of injustice as divisive and hostile, so is there even a way to do justice and love kindness at the same time?
The key to answering these questions comes in exploring the uncomfortable kindness practiced by Ruth and recognizing that our understanding and God’s understanding of kindness is not the same.