Kindness and God’s Grace

21 Dec

KINDNESS AND GOD’S GRACE

There has been lots of talk in the news of late of strangers going and paying off peoples Christmas debt owed on their lay-a-way purchases at various stores such as Kmart and Walmarts across America. These people have opened their wallets to share monetarily and give kindness towards those they do not know. This show of kindness in these hard economic times has brought many of it’s recipients to tears and given great joy of relief to those who have received this gift from these mysterious kindhearted strangers.

 Kindness is a sign of a loving heart which is one of the greatest of all virtues. A kind person is good, pleasant and always appreciated. There is much talk today about ‘Random acts of Kindness’ probably due in part to our society’s decline in these most precious virtues, and people are starving for these kinds of good deeds which were more prevalent in days gone by, but not as common today.

 God is our model of Kindness and shows us Kindness each day by sending us sunshine, rain and snow, crops for food, and everyday provisions to sustain us. (Acts 14:17) We have family and friends who show us love and encouragement and sharing of their wisdom. The kindest act ever was when God sent his only Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we might live forever in heaven. Jesus paid a debt that was not His when he died on the cross for our sins. Even though we don’t deserve it, (Rom 11:6) God shows us mercy and kindness. God’s love is compassionate and longsuffering

 The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.

 The LORD is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works,

 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, And Your godly ones shall bless You.

 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power;

 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of Your Kingdom.

Psalms 145:8-12

 God is full of goodness, merciful and patient. God is Kindness itself. Everything He does for us is an act of kindness to help us become all He created us to be. God with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.

 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;

 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. “   Romans 3:23-26

 “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:4,5

God forgives our sins and offers us salvation…a guarantee of living forever with him in heaven. If God were not kind we would get the punishment we deserve, but because He is kind we get the forgiveness we don’t deserve because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. In God’s kindness He meets our needs. God’s kindness has hands and feet and is not just merely talk but comes through the acts of others as well. As Christians we especially need to remember this in our attitudes and actions towards others. Too many times I’ve seen this lacking in Christians and in Christianity today. There is this self-righteousness which is unbecoming and uncharacteristic of a Christian. God tells us how we must behave towards others. It is not our place to condemn and banish others. When we must judge and discern a matter or a situation, we are to judge fairly with righteous judgment, with mercy (Zechariah 7:9) and restoration, and reconciliation. (Ephesians 4:32)

 “Thus has the LORD of hosts said, ‘Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’

 But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing. They made their hearts like flint, so that they could not hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophesy; therefore great wrath came from the LORD of hosts. “ (Zechariah 7:9-12)

 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ  has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

 “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. ” (Proverbs 3:3)

 It has been said that true kindness is not a single act but a lifestyle. Kindness looks after the needs of others. Kindness does not look the other way when someone is in need.  Start showing kindness in the small things you do and say and eventually you will be kind in all situations.

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