June 11, 2017
When you list God’s attributes, where does kindness rank? To be honest, I’m not sure that being kind would have been on my list of God’s attributes at all until very recently. It’s not that I don’t think that God is kind, but rather that I haven’t realized the importance of kindness.
God demonstrates His kindness to us in the way that He loves us and draws us to Himself. He is kind in His interactions with us, never harsh or cruel.
Psalm 117:2 – For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! (NKJV)
God is kind. That is the essence of who He is. He doesn’t just do kind things, He is kind. It is so much a part of Him that He is even kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Luke 6:35 – But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
God’s kindness shows up in the ways that we would typically expect… blessing us, granting us favor, showing us the riches of His grace.
Genesis 32:10 – I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness You have shown Your servant. Indeed, I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two camps. (HCSB)
Genesis 39:21 – But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. (HCSB)
Ephesians 2:6-7 – And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
God’s kindness even shows up when He answers our prayers. When Abraham wanted a wife for his son, he asked a trusted servant to go on a journey to find a suitable women. The servant prayed that God would give him success on his journey. In this prayer the servant equated God’s answer to prayer with His kindness towards Abraham.
Genesis 24:12 – “Lord, God of my master Abraham,” he prayed, “give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. (HCSB)
Genesis 24:27 – and said, “Praise the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not withheld His kindness and faithfulness from my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.” (HCSB)
But the biggest way that God shows us His kindness, the way that stands out from all the rest, is that it is because and through kindness that God extends salvation to us.
Titus 3:4-5 – But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
God’s kindness leads us and draws us to Himself. This leading and drawing, never harsh or cruel, shows us that we cannot obtain salvation by ourselves. God kindly shows us that we need Him. He rebukes, corrects, instructs in a kind and gentle way designed with one goal in mind…that we would recognize our sinful state and turn to Him.
Romans 2:4 – Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (HCSB)
Do you see God’s kindness in your own life? How will you respond? Will you let His kindness draw you in? Will you let His kindness lead you to repentance?