Some people entertain very frightening ideas of God. There is more fear than trust in their thoughts of Him. This kind of thinking results in an unpleasant and unbearable relationship with God. Jesus defines everything He says and does from the perspective of His relationship with His Father. In this sense, He is mirroring the kind of relationship every believer can have with God.
4 Love is kind.
1 Corinthians 13:4
The word, “kind’ comes from chrēsteuomai which is derived from the root word, chrēstous that means “good, friendly and pleasant”. Chrēsteuomai is “acting kindly”, which literally means “a willingness to adapt and adjust to meet the needs of others”.
Kindness is given without any expectation or desire for a return. If it was so, then it is no longer kindness, but manipulation. Kindness is shown always for the sake of the other person. We can see this in the ministry of Jesus when He often stopped from what He was doing to meet the needs of others. Through Jesus, God displayed indescribable kindness to the so-called outcasts of society—the lepers, the prostitutes, and the tax collectors. Jesus accorded them the status of God’s elect, outstripping any status they would have received in this world.
There is no limit to God’s kindness, and He will not quit on you. No matter who you are, God is kind. No matter what you think about Him, God remains kind. No matter what your needs are, God is more than kind to meet them. However, God does not only shower His kindness on you, He also wants you to show it to others. The Apostle Paul tells us to do acts of kindness, especially amongst believers.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honour giving preference to one another;
11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Decide in your mind that you are going to make a difference to others. Be the “hands of God” by extending His kindness to them. You may not know the difference you will make in their lives, but God does.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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