Wednesday, March 14, 2012

God’s Kindness

What can we learn about Kindness from God?

Quite a lot, I believe.

If we look throughout the Bible, we are constantly being reminded of God’s love for his people, but also his kindness and mercy to them.  Mercy is just another word for kindness I think. 

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. (Isaiah 54:10)

Even from the Old Testament we read about his kindness.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, (Titus 3:4-6)

But in the New Testament we learn about the kindness and love, which show in his mercy.  The gift of Christ.

Even if he never did anything else for us, that act of salvation was the ultimate in kindness.  Yet he goes beyond this, by saying that in addition to our salvation, we can come before him with our prayers and petitions, which he hears.  How awesome is that???


“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?  Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:9-13)

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