God is kind…He is intentional…
The intentional kindness of God is part of his overarching love and will for man.
When we intentionally come into an agreement with the intentionality of our Father in Heaven, His power is released upon our acts of generosity, and upon our acts of kindness.
Ephesians 1 NASB
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself,
according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace,
He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.(Jesus)
we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of His grace
He lavished on us.
In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will,
according to His kind intention
which He purposed in Him (God was in Christ Redeeming the world to Himself)
with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens, and things on the earth.
also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.
you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation”having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
He bestowed grace upon us in the Beloved. (Jesus)…and He lavished grace upon us according to His kind intention.
What does bestowed grace and lavished grace look like?
I used to think His love and kindness looked like this.
But now I know His love and kindness looks like this.
Bible dictionaries often define the word kind… by a simple word like: good, gentle, easy, useful, and gracious.
Kind: being of good or benevolent nature or disposition; characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; desiring to help others; charitable; patient, considerate, or helpful; to be kind to another; mild; gentle; loving; affectionate; having an intention to benefit another
Intention: purpose; an aim or plan; a goal to accomplish; what a person intends to do; a moral decision; an attitude to propose to benefit another; a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action, in the present, or the future; an aim that guides one’s actions.
British Dialect. Being loving; affectionate.
How do you know when a person is kind?
Kindness by definition is an action. Kindness is revealed through people.
She is a kind person.
He is a kind man.
What a kind child!
There is kind evidence which flows from their character and from their values into action. Their actions do speak louder than their words!
They are defined as being kind by what they do, by what they say, and how they act.
The same is true for our Father in Heaven.
God is kind to all…Ps 145:17 NASB
The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. (Luke 6:35)
God is Love…
Love is patient and kind. (1st Corinthians 13:4)
John and 1 John’s theme. God is Love.
As we receive His kindness, He leads us out of our stuff and leads us into His light and love.
Psalm 23:3 EVS You lead me into paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.
John 8:12 EVS Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Romans 2:4 NAS Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? (a change of mind and heart which leads you to a radical life shift)
Reading the book of Hosea is an amazing study of the goodness and kindness of God.
Hosea 2:14-15 NASB
His previous statements of Israel’s waywardness leads Him to respond in such a way that reveals His mercy and kindness.
He asks Himself, “What am I going to do with Israel?”
I will allure her,
Bring her into the wilderness
And speak kindly to her.
Then (after He speaks kindly to her)
I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the valley of Achor (trouble) as a door of hope.
And she will sing there as in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.“
Joseph despite his difficulties experiences the Lord’s kindness…
Here is the repeated phrase that followed Joseph…
“But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him.”
The continued acts of kindness expressed to Joseph were revealed by the extreme Favor upon Joseph’s life… He found favor where ever he went: Pit, Palace, Prison, and to become Prime Minister. He then revealed and released God’s kindness to His family.
Kindness, Loving-kindness was the foundation of all David understood and knew about God.
When he committed unthinkable sin and was exposed, in the midst of his greatest failure, he knew (by experience) his God was kind. He humbled himself and prayed to ask forgiveness (according) to what he knew (by experience) about the goodness, love, mercy, and kindness of God.
Ps 51:1 NASB
According to your loving-kindness have mercy on me.
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
A lot of people were boasting about many things in Jeremiah’s time. Jeremiah discovered what to truly boast about.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV
This is what the Lord says:
Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,(that he knows me)
that I am the Lord,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these, I delight, declares the Lord.
He exercises, releases the action, of His grace, mercy, and kindness on earth… or on us (our earth).
The Lord’s prayer… Your kingdom come, your will be done, on (in us our earth) earth, as it is in heaven.
Kindness, Justice, and Righteousness are in Heaven. It’s a reflection of who God is. He wants to reveal His Kindness, Justice, and Righteousness to the people of our sphere of influence. He wants to do this through us by releasing kindness, expressing His justice when confronted by injustice, and revealing the right paths that lead people toward freedom and abundant living.
Kindness is found in our earth, inside of our being. We have the fruit of the Spirit… Love, joy, peace, kindness… within us.
We can release His kindness through our attitudes, through our words and by our actions.
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
But let your heart keep my commandments;
2 For length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you.
3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good repute
In the sight of God and man.
As believers we should be reflections of the kindness and of the grace He has bestowed, and lavished upon us.
By practicing being kind, and doing acts of intentional kindness; by developing kind attitudes and by speaking kind words.