Scriptures on the Kindness of God
I placed a banner on a wall in my classroom that says, “Work Hard and Be Kind.” I’m not sure it’s doing any good. Sixth graders are so self-absorbed.
Kindness is a word that our culture has adopted lately. It’s a “cool” word. You can find it on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and wall hangings. I think we can thank Ellen for starting the trend when she began ending her shows with the admonition “be kind.”
But kindness didn’t originate with Ellen. It’s been around since the beginning of time. In His kindness, God gave us life. Just look around you. The creation testifies of the heart of the Creator. Fingernail moons accented by the bright evening star, burnt horizons blazing at sunset, and impatient daffodils pushing through frozen earth in early spring silently proclaim a good God. A kind God.
More Than Flowers and Sunsets
The creation does reveal God’s kindness; however, in His kindness, God has given us so much more than a beautiful world to live in. He’s given us the hope of eternity spent in His Presence.
I never realized the power of the words in Titus 3: 4-7 until researching scriptures about God’s kindness. It really says it all and sums up the gospel in a few sentences.
The Kindness of God in the Person of Jesus
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15. Friends, if you want to know God, read about Jesus. If you want to know what God likes, desires gives, demands extends . . . .His merciful, gracious, holy, wise, and loving character, read the gospels in the Bible. Get to know Jesus. He was Kindness in the flesh.
God’s kindness is powerful. It changes things. Redeems makes whole, and gives new life. Yet His kindness doesn’t just provide fire insurance. His kindness takes up residence in us the minute we surrender to His love.
God’s Kindness Changes Us
“But the fruit of the Spirits is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.
The truth is, in our own strength, we really can’t always be kind. We need help. We need Him.
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