Read Psalm 86. Today’s verse says: “Lord, you are so good to me, so kind in every way and ready to forgive” (v. 5a TPT). Today, we will focus on how God is “so kind in every way” to you and me!
In 1 Corinthians 13:4, we read that love is kind. Love is from God (1 John 4:7). Kindness is from God. Kindness is also one of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). When we look at what it means to be kind, we find that it is being gentle, being caring, being compassionate. We often see these words intertwined throughout the Bible.
Kindness is an inner quality, an attitude of compassion. Yesterday, we looked at the goodness of God. Goodness is all about actions. Kindness is the attitude behind the actions. Kindness results in goodness. Yesterday, we were reminded of many different actions of God — things different mites are just glimpses of His goodness on display. Today, we look at the attitude behind it. There are moments in life when we can see good actions and we will call it goodness; however, there is no misunderstanding when it comes to kindness. You cannot give a false impression of kindness because it’s an attitude.
The word “eleos” is translated as pity, mercy, compassion, kindness. Remember, mercy is not getting the punishment you deserve. We will later read in Psalm 86:15: “But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness” (NLT). Remember again, kindness is the attitude of compassion. Certainly one of the big ways we see this is through His mercy. Because He is kind, because He is full of compassion, He is merciful.
We see the kindness of God for all people. It is because of His kindness for all people that He sent His one and only Son. It is because of His kindness for all people, that the sun rises in the morning, that the rains fall and water the earth. Consider His kindness. God has kindness for the weary (Matthew 11:28-30). He has kindness for the tempted (Hebrews 2:1-18). He has kindness for the helpless (Mark 9:14-29). He has kindness for the sorrowful (Luke 7:11-18). He has kindness for the multitudes (Matthew 15:29-38).
Today, let us thank Him for His kindness.
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. 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 – Ephesians 2:4-7 [NIV]