God's Lovingkindness

Love is patient, love is kind.
1 Corinthians 13:4a

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galatians 5:22-23a

We sang a song in church this morning stating that God is good; all He does is for His glory.

Which got me thinking. When we doubt God’s goodness, we doubt His glory. If He is not good, He is not worthy of praise. By His own definition, goodness, kindness, and love – these are honorable in the sight of God. These are part of what make Him glorious, majestic, worthy of honor.

It is easy to see God’s kindness when things go well. I went skiing yesterday and didn’t break any bones. I thanked God for the kindness He showed me in protecting me from injury.

Yet when my husband went skiing a few years ago, he broke his leg. Was God unkind then? I could argue God was extremely kind to me in that instance because Randell’s broken leg was part of what led him to notice and fall in love with me. But on a serious note, we could call into question the kindness of God’s love when bad things happen.

Again, we have to understand what kindness is and what love is. And who God is. Because unlike you and I, He is never inconsistent. Even if I love you, I am going to be unkind to you from time to time because I am stuck in this fallen body with temptation to be selfish. God, however, will never be unkind because He is Love. And Love is Kind. God is Kind.

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:33b

Once again, I don’t understand why God’s kindness seems to show itself differently in the hard places of life. Once again, we are not promised ease. Once again, we are promised He is transcendent over our pain, and we are promised that He will show us lovingkindness.

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, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:4-7

And once again, when I look at the cross, all I can see is the lovingkindness of God. He did not abandon us in our sin. Jesus Christ bore all the wrath of God against sin in His body at Calvary (1 Peter 2:24). And we can now be called sons of God, because the Father has adopted us as His own (Ephesians 1:5).

Is there anything more kind than giving your life for someone? Is there anything kinder than adoption?

We are called to be kind as He is, for His glory. The world sees Christ through our reflection of Him. Our unkindness mars His image. Our kindness magnifies Him.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

Ever heard the saying, “Kill him with kindness?” The idea is to be kind to people, even your enemies, so they will be utterly confused and (possibly) stop hurting you. I’m not sure this actually works that often with people, but we are called to be kind regardless of the outcome.

Whether kindness stops the pain in our lives, I do know one thing for sure: Kindness kills the enemy. God killed the power of the enemy by defeating death with the kindness of Christ on the cross. We can follow the example of our heavenly Father and kill the enemy’s plans for us and our relationships by fighting with lovingkindness.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

3 comments:

  1. My spiritual mentor told me that someday she will have to face Christ and might learn that she offered someone too much mercy when they needed convicting, but hasn't yet seen a downside to too much mercy, love, or kindness as long as we're not sacrificing the truth.

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  2. Thanks for reminding us about God's lovingkindness.... and that we are to be kind... always! Great scriptures!

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  3. There is great power in kindness. Amen.

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