Love suffers long and is kind – 1 Corinthians 13:4
During His ministry here on earth, Jesus demonstrated His love for humanity through kindness. Zaccheus, the tax collector, treated like an outcast, was the person whom Jesus watned to spend time with. He was kind to the tax collector in that He treated him as a person. Zaccheus was up in a tree because he wanted to see Jesus. Jesus called out to him, inviting him to come down. He had singled Zaccheus out and made it clear that He loved and accepted him. He even called him a son of Abraham.
Jesus saw that Zaccheus was ready to accept Him as His Savior. The man had gone to such lengths to get a glimpse of him. Jesus’ act of kindness changed Zaccheus. It made him aware of his own sinfulness and selfishness–his shortcomings. As a result, he wanted to make amends to all those he had cheated. He was genuinely sorry and that very day he was saved. An act of kindess brought salvation to a sinner and his household.
In acts of kindness we are representing Christ and carrying out His commandment, “Love your neighbor”.