What does it mean to be kind as taught in the Bible? In the English translations of the Bible, there are many words used that might be considered synonyms for “kind.” So, pinning down exactly what we mean by kindness may take some effort. Here are just some of the words used to describe what we might see as included in the topic of “kindness” : kindness, goodness, mercy, pity, love, grace, favor ,compassion, gentleness, tenderness.
One definition I found read as following
The quality of compassion and generosity, characteristic of God’s dealings towards the weak and poor, and demanded of believers. The kindness is also shown in the words and deeds of Jesus Christ.
Be nice; be kind; show compassion and generosity. We could go deeper into many meanings of this, and maybe we will. I never really know where these series are going until I get there. For now, however, we are going to keep it simple and just deal with kindness by believers as simply being…nice to each other.
So, over the next little bit(who knows how long?) we will take various Bible passages that address this subject and break them down some and talk about them. Enjoy the ride!
Here are some thoughts and questions to ponder as we tackle this subject. Feel free to add your thoughts and perhaps they will become topic for posting.
Who are we to be kind to?
That’s easy. Everybody.
So, I have to be kind to even people I don’t like?
What if they aren’t kind to me?
What if I am just not kind by nature?
Silly Christian, you have a NEW nature.
Can I just do it if I want to? What if I don’t want to?
Well, it’s not a suggestion, it is a commandment.
Does being kind mean I have to get walked on?
No, not really.
Does turning the other cheek mean I have to stand by and watch a brother or sister be assaulted?
Nope, not at all.
Does being kind mean I never tell the truth? Do I just have to do and say what makes people happy?
Not at all.
Is it okay for me to ever get mad at anybody?
How do I know what I need to do to be kind?
Read the instruction manual. (That’s The Bible)
Who is my best example of kindness to follow?
Well, that’s a start and I hope the brain wheels are turning. Thoughts? Suggestions? Arguments(Arguments are ok…just be….kind)
See you all Wednesday!
Another great collection here from Heather!
Blessings and enjoy!
- Psalm 12:6 ESV
The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.
Psalm 19:8 ESV
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
Psalm 24:4-5 ESV
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the Lord
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Psalm 51:10 ESV
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 73:1 ESV
Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
Psalm 119:9 ESV
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it…
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Idolatry can take many forms, but ultimately our idol is anything that replaces God
Hi readers. Last week, as perhaps you noticed, I didn’t post my normal morning posts. I had been writing on Zacchaeus, and thought I might continue, but honestly that train of thought has derailed. I would still like to write more about my Israel trip, but that has slightly fallen off of the tracks as well. The writing train is still wobbly on the tracks, so I am going to rework and republish some things I did on Christian kindness a while back, and I hope you find them useful!
Today, there is no real lesson, just some scriptures I have found I think are applicable to the whole topic of Christian kindness. If you have one of more favorites, feel free to add them!
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Luke 6:35 But 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.
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Acts 28:2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
Feel free to share your favorite!