God’s Kindness

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It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around God being kind. He really doesn’t have to be. After all, He’s God. He doesn’t have a boss or a parent to report to. He certainly doesn’t need to explain His actions to us. Yet by His very nature He is kind. In case you’ve forgotten what it means to be kind; it means to be compassionate, considerate, courteous, gracious, thoughtful, gentle, sympathetic, understanding, patient, forbearing, loving, and hospitable. God is not an old man with a long white beard holding a club and ready to hit you every time you mess up. Nothing could be further from the truth. God is not mad at us. He’s not even in a bad mood. Jesus revealed what our Heavenly Father is like when he commanded us to, “… love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful( Luke 6:35-36 NKJV). Did you catch that? God is merciful and kind, even to ungrateful and evil people. The prophet Jeremiah described Him as “gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness(Jeremiah 9:17b NKJV). God told Jeremiah, “I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight” (Jeremiah 9:24 NIV). God’s acts of kindness toward us are not random. They are very intentional.

There is a theological term called “Common Grace.” Theologian Louis Berkhof describes it this way, “…those general blessings, such as rain and sunshine, food and drink, clothing and shelter, which God imparts to all men indiscriminately where and in what measure it seems good to Him.” Jesus said it this way in Matthew 5:45, “…your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (NIV). Keith Mathison, a professor of systematic theology said, “In common grace, God gives good things to all men.  In special grace, God gives the very righteousness of Jesus Christ to His people.  Through common grace, God provides unmerited favor to all mankind for a time.  Through special grace, God provides unmerited favor to His people for all eternity.” In his letter to Titus the Apostle Paul describes God’s special grace this way, “Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But when God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life” (Titus 3:3-7 NLT).

A major way God reveals His kindness to us is through people. Real love is “patient and kind” (see 1 Corinthians 13:4). Believers are told to “Put on then (get dressed with), as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12 ESV). The Bible tells us that we do ourselves a favor when we are kind to others, “A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself” (Proverb 11:17 ESV). Being kind even makes you better looking! Proverb 19:22 says, “What is desired in a man is kindness,”(desired=object of desire). Kindness is a biblical beauty secret!

The psalmist David said, “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You” (Psalm 63:3 NKJV). I feel the same way. God has been so kind to me, I can’t help but praise Him! He has showered me with kindness by giving me eternal life through His son Jesus Christ. He has shown me kindness by forgiving me of my sins. He has promised that He will never leave or forsake me. Through His kindness He has provided a wonderful wife, children, and grandchildren to me. His kindness has kept me safe and has truly been better than life itself.

God, by His very nature is kind. His kindness should manifest itself through us.

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”―Mark Twain

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32 NIV).

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