Acts 28:2, 7 NIV 2011
The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.
There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days.
Paul was shipwrecked with the prisoners during a late fall storm. Commanded to swim ashore he survived reaching the shore of Malta. The Greeks referred to people who did not speak Greek as barbarians. Islanders literally meant barbarians though they were Phoenician in ancestry using their own dialect. The people were kind and welcoming. Proverbs 11:17, “Those who are kind benefit themselves.” The “first man” of Malta, Publius, offered them shelter. This continued until their departure three months later. Acts 28:11, “After three months we put out to sea in a ship…” God uses whom He chooses to care for Christ’s followers.
My mother reminded us daily to be kind to one another. Paul reminded the churches in Ephesus, Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another.” Kindness in believers is born out of our love for Christ. Our love for others must be sincere. Our acts of kindness may have a ripple effect on others when we are kind to one person. We do not know the backstory of most people we meet. God uses our kindness to others to draw them to Him.
How will we show kindness today?
Being kind together,