The Holy Bible refers to the Lord as a gracious and kind God. These attributes are fruits of his love for his creation. Though he is all-powerful and sovereign, he chooses to show grace and kindness to us in spite of all our shortcomings. Paul refers to this as the goodness of God: “You surely don’t think much of God’s wonderful goodness or of his patience and willingness to put up with you. Don’t you know that the reason God is good to you is because he wants you to turn to him?” Romans 2:4 CEV.
The scripture says that the reason God is good to people is because he wants them to turn to him. God is holy. He is light and in him is no darkness at all. Because of this, he cannot look upon sin. His righteous nature demands that he judges sin with the penalty of death.
However, he puts up with the sins of people, not because he condones it, but because he is looking out for their salvation. This is the goodness of the Lord. If the Lord is to strictly destroy any person that sins, the earth will be another empty and void planet.
The God of the Bible is one who is described as a very patient God who does not take pleasure in destroying his own creation. Hence, he persuades men with all possible means in order to win them to himself. Even his judgments are out of a pure love for mankind.
God, out of his kindness, showers a lot of gifts to mankind. The blessings of nature are the most obvious of his great kindness. In Matthew 5:45 (BSB), we read that God.”…causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
God, out of his kindness, showers a lot of gifts to mankind.
In John 5:1-15, we see the kindness of God through the Lord Jesus when he healed the sick man at the Pool of Bethesda. This sick man was not even expecting that kind of a miraculous encounter but God’s kindness located him that day.
What should you do with the kindness of the Lord?
- You should not abuse God’s kindness. The Bible refers to this as tempting the Lord. That is to say, you don’t continue in the things that landed you in trouble or caused you to sin because of God’s kindness. Doing so hardens your heart and makes it all the more difficult for you to turn to him.
- God’s kindness to you should form the basis for which you also extend kindness to others who may not be as blessed as you are. Our world is full of sad, hurting, ignorant and sinful people. Allow the Lord’s kindness to flow through you to them as He did to you. There is no better sermon than this.
- Pray and ask the Lord to help you understand his kindness more and cause you by his Holy Spirit to consistently be a kind person to everyone he brings your way.
We have observed so far, God is kind by nature. His kindness knows no limits and that is what wins our hearts over to him in love. God’s kindness should cause us to love him deeply.
God is kind by nature
The more we align ourselves with the will of God, our hearts are conditioned by the Lord to be mirror images of his own heart that extends the same limitless kindness to all of his creation.
The kindness of God is beautiful. May you continually abound and abide in it, all your days. The Lord bless and keep you and may his glorious face shine on you always. Shalom.
© Prince A. Poku, June 2020