Kindness continues to beam as one of God’s most embracing traits. When we think of all that God has provided men from the beginning–salvation, protection, provision, etc.; kindness still ranks as one of the most critical. The people of the Bible and the chosen of God are all consistently human and consistently frail.
Since the fall of man, people have all had one trait in common, we are all sinful to the core. So many times, God has withheld His wrath and allowed us to continue to find our way to Him and also return back to Him. When we consider the depths to which humans have fallen, both as a race and as individuals; God’s people must humbly bow before the Lord and recognize the kindness He has shown to us.
In turn, God has emphasized our need to be kind and to show kindness to others. When we demonstrate grace, kindness, generosity, and empathy to others, it is one of our best representations of the Father. Those traits each extract selflessness from us. While we are operating in kindness, we are unable to focus on our issues and desires
Further, when others are the beneficiaries of God’s kindness demonstrated through God’s people; The world sets aside its absolute hatred for God, even if only for a moment, to try to reconcile that selflessness with a world full of selfish people
The verses in Zechariah listed below begin with “The Lord of Hosts says”; acting kindly is a direct command from God. The command is not centered on raising buildings or monuments to God, nor does He command us to design and implement media or programs that are leading edge. The command does not measure baptisms, attendance, or brand recognition.
God’s command calls His own to live selflessly and to focus wholly upon serving God, loving, and serving others. If we make kindness the focus of our lives, then we will become people content in our circumstances. Like Paul, whether well fed or hungry, living in plenty or in want, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Philippians 4:12-13
God Bless You
“Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen,
but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you too will be cut off.”
“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, render true judgements, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow,
the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”
“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience,
not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”