With the unlimited options available these days it can be hard to decide where to invest your hard earned money.
Do you go with the high risk, high reward of the crypto currency Bitcoin, play it safe with gold or put it away in a long term savings account that will at least earn you some interest? It seems that sometimes the types of ‘investments’ people make is just a more palatable way of gambling!
But through all the noise and uncertainty there is one place that is guaranteed to give you a good return on investment.
Jesus knew that our relationships are the one thing that we can take with us into eternity. In fact the quality of our life comes down to the quality of our relationships. No wonder Jesus highlights the importance of investing in kindness:
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full-pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” – Luke 6:37-38 (NLT)
It can be so easy to fall for the trap of treating people based on how they treat or respond to us. This is the lowest form of relationship, and completely limits our enjoyment of life, as the quality of every relationship becomes dependent on the choices that other people make.
But when we make the choice to invest in kindness regardless of how others treat or respond to us, our life becomes full to the brim and overflowing with rich reward. In fact the more you invest, the greater the returns, and these returns can never be lost by a down turn in the economy or a sudden stock market crash:
‘We have a priceless inheritance – an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay’ – 1 Peter 1:4 (NLT)
No matter how the economy or people around you are ‘performing’, you will never lose out when you invest in kindness!