Kindness is a readiness to do good, to help, to relieve burdens, to be useful, to serve, to be tender, and to be sympathetic to others. It has been said, “Kindness is love in work clothes”.
~ Alexander Strauch
As believers in Jesus Christ kindness should characterize our lives. Paul says in Titus 3:3-4 what changed his life was the kindness of Jesus. There’s a lovely quote that sums it up beautifully, “Kindness is the virtue of a man whose neighbor’s good is as dear to him as his own.” That’s a kind person. Let’s dig into the Word together to see what God tells us about kindness.
Definition of kind – generous, a warm-hearted nature, charitable and considerate.
Quote from John MacArthur on Romans 2:4:
The biblical order in any gospel presentation is always first the warning of danger and then the way of escape, first the judgment on sin and then the means of pardon, first the message of condemnation and then the offer of forgiveness, first the bad news of guilt and then the good news of grace. The whole message and purpose of the loving, redeeming grace of God offering eternal life through Jesus Christ rests upon the reality of man’s universal guilt of abandoning God and thereby being under His sentence of eternal condemnation and death. Consistent with that approach, the main body of Romans begins with 1:18, a clear affirmation of God’s wrath “against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.”
It is impossible to preach the goodness of God without talking about sin and judgment because its very meaning is bound up in those terms. When we see our sinfulness and rebellion against God, and when we see our hypocrisy in condemning others for committing the same wrath-deserving sins, then we can also marvel at God’s goodness in patiently and tolerantly withholding the wrath that we deserve. That is what leads us to repentance.
Scripture References & Other Resources Mentioned:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7