“Love suffers long and is kind…” 1 Corinthians 13:4, NKJV.
A characteristic of God is the kindness He shows to all people.
One of my best friends is the kindest person you would ever meet. She blesses people without expecting anything in return. People always leave her presence richer and better than when they came. She displays a God-given ability to show kindness.
The word “kind” in this Scripture means to show oneself useful, that is, to act benevolently. This goes beyond speaking nice words only. It is our actions of love that distinguishes a true believer. It’s easy to show kindness to a friend, but show kindness to an enemy and you will please God. Give your mean boss a gift, take your unlovable relative a meal, show kindness to those who least deserve it and watch God melt the heart. They may not show you any sign that your act of kindness touched them, but give it some time because God is at work.
God draws us to Himself through His love and kindness. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (see Jeremiah 31:3, NIV). To refuse to obey God in this area is to work against His plan to save souls. Until our love becomes visible, we are not loving at all.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for the kindness You’ve shown me. I pray that You make my love visible. Let me be useful in Your Kingdom by the kindness I show all people. In Jesus name, Amen.
(Read Nehemiah 9:17; Proverbs 19:22; Proverbs 31:20, Proverbs 31:26; Luke 6:35-36; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 3:8; 2 Peter 1:7; 1 John 3:16-18, 1John 4:11)