HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Kindness and Goodness
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness…” – Colossians 3:12
The characteristics of “kindness” and “goodness” are closely related. Together they present the picture of one who not only possesses moral goodness and integrity but also generously expresses it in the way they act toward others.
This “goodness in action” reflects God’s kindness and goodness toward us. God demonstrated His kindness and goodness to us in our salvation (Titus 3:4) and will continue to “show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us” for all eternity (Ephesians 2:7)!
THE FRUIT OF KINDNESS
As you become closer to Jesus and the more you heed to the Holy Spirit, your love will grow. Kindness is a natural byproduct of love.
What is kindness? The definition can be found in the following scripture as the Apostle Paul addresses the Philippians. But basically, kindness refers to treating everyone that you meet with love and respect. It means putting their needs above your own.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Philippians 2:3-4
Kindness was originated by God. The ultimate act of love and kindness was shown by sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross at Calvary. Jesus paid for our sins. And by offering the free gift of salvation to all who would accept His gift of kindness, we have the assurance of eternal life together with Him in Heaven.
Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Psalm 25:6
The kindness shown by God was given, in spite of the fact that there were people who rejected and hated Him. They still do today. But He continues to show that love and kindness and we have to also. It’s important that as witnesses for Him that we show kindness every day and in every way. Some may not appreciate it as much as others. But we’re not kind because someone deserves it. We are kind to serve others. Our job is to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
CONTINUES TOMORROW …