All The Kindness And All The Truth Of God Have Come Down To Us


Shawn Kiger

The Word became

a human being

and lived here with us.

We saw his true glory,

the glory of the only Son

of the Father.

From him all the kindness

and all the truth of God

have come down to us.

John 1:14 (CEV)

CharityIf you ever get the chance to watch the news or read posts on social media sites it seems like our world is falling apart. Usually only bad things are reported. People are killing other people, Christians are arguing amongst themselves, and can you believe what that reality TV star said.

It all can be overwhelming and depressing.

But then Christmas comes and we are reminded “all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us.” And if we just open our eyes to things that are not reported and the things that don’t get much play on social media, we can see that truth all around us. It can be found in simple things like a youth group hosting a Christmas party for intellectually challenged adults (like my youth group did recently). Seeing perfectly normal teenagers cheering on disabled adults in a talent show and ending in a dance party is certainly light in the world.

Or it can be found in world-changing ways through a World Vision dam project in Zimbabwe that is helping thousands become self-sufficient because they can grow their own food.

What I have found is that the type of kindness that John is speaking about is happening all around us. We just need to be part of it to notice it. When we become involved in the light, the world seems a lot less depressing, and a lot less dark. Earlier in the first chapter of John, he says, “The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never put it out.” John 1:5 (CEV) That is great news! No matter how bad we think the world is, the light keeps shining. Sometimes we think Christmas is about us, our family traditions, and making everything perfect. It’s easy to look around and see how others are not focused on the true meaning of God becoming flesh. But Jesus reminds us that Christmas is not about what we say or do. This celebration is about what God did for us, and in spite of us. This love that God shows us through Jesus outweighs all the negative in the world.

If we can just stay in the light, and notice the kindness that is around us, the world looks like a much brighter and happier place. I hope this Christmas that I can be reminded to be part of the kindness and see the light shining in the world. I’ll fail at that at times, but the good news is that Christmas will happen anyway.