Hello Readers & Followers,
How are you doing? I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend and that your celebration was filled with the joy of the Lord. Today's post is about the kindness of God. Let me ask you a question, do you think the words kindness and Biblical kindness are different? From my understanding of the Word of God, Biblical kindness is different from the kindness that we sometimes show towards others albeit there are similarities. Kindness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
According to the dictionary, kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. If we were to stick to this definition, my question will be, are we friendly, generous and considerate to others including those that have stepped on our toes? Are we generous to those that have not financially or emotionally blessed us? I believe Biblical kindness encompasses a lot more than being friendly, generous and considerate based on several teachings by Jesus Christ including the life that Jesus Christ had lived whilst on earth.
So, what is Biblical kindness?
Biblical kindness is about showing compassion to those who will not necessarily show us the same compassion. It's about being selfless and merciful to friends, families, work colleagues, business colleagues, and neighbours even when they do not reciprocate the same selflessness that we are showing them or have shown them. It's about checking on the person that hardly checks on you. It's about buying birthday gifts for the person that hardly reciprocate this. I know this can be sometimes frustrating and difficult, right? Especially when some people do not reciprocate what we are showing them. Let me encourage you with what Jesus Christ taught a crowd of people. In Matthew 5:43-48 (ICB version). Jesus Christ said:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemies.’ But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you. If you do this, then you will be true sons of your Father in heaven. Your Father causes the sun to rise on good people and on bad people. Your Father sends rain to those who do good and to those who do wrong. If you love only the people who love you, then you will get no reward. Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are nice only to your friends, then you are no better than other people. Even people without God are nice to their friends. So you must be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."
Jesus Christ was essentially saying that we should love all people. Some versions say we should show kindness to all people. How are you showing kindness to others?
To show Biblical kindness, you need to get rid of the following :
- Bitterness towards others
- Harsh words
- Evil behaviour
- Rage (Ephesians 4:31).
You also need to learn to get rid of the 'common sense' way of analysing things as the common sense approach may lead you to justify why you should not show the Biblical kindness of God to people that aren't showing it back to you.
"In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."
God would like you to be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32). Do you know that God's kindness has played a pivotal role in withholding His judgement in this sinful world? (Romans 2:4). The Bible says that it is because of the Lord's loving-kindness that we are not consumed and that His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). You wouldn't want to be a hypocrite that boldly tells people that you are a Christian but you behave in a way that does not follow the teachings of God, right? This is an opportunity for you to reflect on how you are showing the kindness of God in your home, your family, to extended family members and others.
Say these Prayers
- Lord Jesus, I need your help in showing Biblical kindness to those that do not normally show me your kindness. Lord, help me to show your kindness to others especially those that have despised me, in Jesus' name. Amen.
- Dear Lord, please forgive me for ways that I have not shown kindness to others because of their behaviour towards me, in Jesus' name. Amen.
To extend your understanding of this topic, I would like to share a Scripture for you to read. If you could pick out how the kindness of God was shown, that would be lovely. The Scripture can be found in the book of Luke 10:30-37.
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May we put on God's love, which binds us all together in perfect unity in Jesus' name.
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Yours in Christ,
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It can be difficult to extend biblical kindness to others, especially when we get stuck on what is fare and what is not. I’ve leaned that God’s grace isn’t “fare” and God never said to be fare. God will give us the grace to extend kindness to everyone if we let Him. Love the truths you discussed in this post. Many thanks for sharing some great thoughts.ReplyDelete
Thank you for stopping by, Debra and thank you for sharing your thoughts. I agree with you, it can be quite difficult to extend kindness to people who do not show us kindness. Thank God for His Grace that empowers us to do things that are humanly difficult.Delete