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God is Kindness, He is kind

Day Twenty-Three
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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Kindness is the One True God. Kindness is the character or disposition of a person that exemplifies good or goodness, does what is needed for a person, has a willingness to help, has no harshness but gentleness, graciousness, and generosity. When someone's character is kind, that person naturally gives grace. A kind person is a good-natured person. God's character illustrates kindness: He did what was needed to be our Savior. He works good in our lives. He is gentle and patient in all His dealings with us. He is a safe refuge for those who go to Him. He generously provides for us, and gives us abundant undeserved grace.

...if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. 1 Peter 2:3 NASB®

About every morning, I see the definition of kindness on my walk: A good-natured elderly couple gently guides their blind daughter as she walks with them. All three of them are gracious people, who say "hi" to everyone who passes. It makes my day. Do you enjoy kindness? I sure do!

Eternal kindness is going to be given to us through Christ Jesus. Human kindness seems to be a rarity in our world, but God's kindness never stops towards the world. We are told in Ephesians 2:6-7, as Christians we are on Jesus Christ's throne in heaven (of course figuratively, but in reality that is how close Jesus is to us, and how sure heaven is), so that God can shower us with His grace in kindness forever.

... and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7 NASB®

What does it mean to you that your eternity will be spent with God and He being kind to you?

God's kindness brings repentance. Repentance is when a person changes their mind - going from evil to good. It involves regret or sorrow, accompanied by a true change of mind/heart towards God. God's kindness will lead us to a change of mind, or repentance, that will allow us to produce godly actions.

Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4 NASB®

God's kindness and patience lovingly waited for us to change our minds about Jesus, so we would not perish but have eternal life. God's kindness wishes no one to perish so He died to give us a choice. (John 3:16; Titus 3:4-6) God's kindness has saved me, and changed me for the good. How about you?

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 NASB®

The One True God's characteristics work together to save us. God couldn't be our God if His character wasn't absolutely kind and merciful, as well as completely loving, gracious, patient and forgiving. As you can guess, if God's character was only one of holiness, justice, and righteousness, we would be helplessly bound to pay for our own sins in hell, away from the One True God. Yet, because of Who our God is, He gladly took our punishment for our sin upon Himself. (Jonah 4:2; Hebrews 12:2) God's kindness and all His characteristics work together to give us salvation and a happily ever after future with Him. Hopeful truth, isn't it?.

But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7 NASB®

Do you realize you and I deserved God's wrath, but instead He gave us His kindness? That makes me very determined to love and serve my God. What about you?


Life Application:

Living out God's Kindness

There is a clear contrast in Ephesians 4:31-32 between mean reactions to kind reactions.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 NASB®

The reactions in verse 31 lead to stress, discontent and a person no one wants to be around. The kind reactions in verse 32 lead to a gentle and good-natured person; who has contentment, serenity, and happiness.

Ask yourself, what type of person do you want to be? The person God wants you to be, who brings kindness, love, and forgiveness into the world, or the mean, angry and bitter type of person? You have a choice.

God gave us kindness when we didn't deserve it, and His kindness saved us. Let's work hard to show kindness to others. Read Proverbs 3:1-4, 14:22; Micah 6:8; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Galatians 5:22-24; 1 Peter 2:1-3.

Describe God's kindness.

What has God's kindness done for you?

Explain how to be kind to someone. Make a list of 5 kind things you could do for family and friends.


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