Kindness is defined as being the quality of being kind or benevolent or an inclination to do good.
For a person to show forth True Kindness means they are willing to do good, even towards those that mistreat and/or despitefully use them; even towards one that might even be considered an enemy.
True Kindness is no respecter of persons.
In Colossians 3:12-14 the Apostle Paul said, Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; *Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. *And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Kindness isn’t something a person is necessarily born with. The nature of mankind, to some degree, is seemingly to be self-centered. In some cases, kindness may need to be developed or one may need to grow into a state of kindness. One thing to note about this is before one can put on kindness, one must first put off that which is opposite to kindness. Just like a person removes their dirty clothes and washes up before putting on clean clothing.
A person that exemplifies kindness is merciful, even though an individual doesn’t deserve the kindness that is being shown them. Everyone that has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour is expected to be kind and to forgive their fellow man/woman.
King Solomon in Proverbs 31:26 said, She (A virtuous woman or a good person) openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Have you ever thought about there being a Law of Kindness?
We can go back to the previous Scripture in Colossians or read the 13th Chapter of 1st Corinthians to see some of the defining characteristics that the Law of Kindness might exemplify.
Here in Isaiah 58:6-7 the Prophet Isaiah tells us about some more of the qualities of Kindness, Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? *Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
I think people here, in the United States - as a whole, exemplify many of the traits of kindness because this country was founded on the principles of the Bible.
I was once told that in the State of Louisiana that there is a law that basically states that a man is required to provide for his family. Whether or not this is true, I don’t know however, if it is true, I am sure that most men do not provide for their family because the law says they have to, but because they love their family. That’s the same reason the Word gives for a person observing the Laws of God and why they should show forth kindness.
In St. Matthew 25:34-36 Jesus said, Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: *For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: *Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Jesus is talking about people that are showing forth kindness to their fellow man/woman. If a person cannot be trusted to show forth kindness to people in this life, how can God expect them to show forth kindness in the Kingdom of God?
My Bible tells me that as a man is, so shall he be. We, mankind in general, are creatures of habit.
In Galatians 6:10 the Apostle Paul said, As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. It is very important that we as Children of the Most High God (Saints) take special care for one another. We are to look towards the welfare of our brothers/sisters, and not our own.
Romans 14:19 and Philippians 2:2-4
In St. Luke 6:35 we read, Love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
God is kind to the evil and unthankful. We are of the God-kind therefore, we should also be kind even to those that do not deserve kindness.
The instructions of the Lord to the Prophet Zachariah in Zechariah 7:9 was, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians instructed them to be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
Have you ever met someone that was tenderhearted? A tenderhearted person will seemingly break down in tears at the drop of a hat. There are some however, that may take kindness to an extreme in that they won’t even kill a fly or any other creature that most people would consider an undesirable pest.
There is coming a day when mankind will live in perfect harmony with every living creature even as it was in the Garden of Eden.
That, my friend, is a day worth looking for.
The Apostle John warned the Saints in 1st John 3:17 like this, But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
I think we can truly say that kindness, like love, is an action word, even though positive action is not warranted.
In Proverbs 19:22 King Solomon in his wisdom said, The desire of a man is his kindness. Desire is an compelling emotion. Is it your desire to show forth kindness? Do you have a deep down compassion to do good for all mankind? I pray that you do.
Here is a Scripture that I mentioned earlier where the Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 13:4-7 said, Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, *Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; *Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; *Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Do you have these characteristic traits emanating from within you towards others? If you don’t, then you need to pray and ask God, for Christ Jesus sake, to change your attitude. It is only when we have and demonstrate a right attitude towards mankind that we can truly say we are a Christian/Saint.
Derwood A. Stewart, Minister