God is kind…His is intentional…
The kind intention of HIs will. Kindness is part of his overarching will for man.
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,
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 Jesus (God was in Christ Redeeming the world to Himself)
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,
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 think it looks like this.
But it really looks like this!
Kind intention… flows from His grace, from His nature.
The Point: Kindness is more than a principle. Kindness is an attribute that flows from the very nature and character of God.
Not surprising… The word kind, is a humble word…
Bible dictionaries often define kind… by simple word, like good, gentle, easy, useful and gracious.
Kind: being of a 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
British Dialect. loving; affectionate.
Kindness is an action.
They are defined as being kind by what they do: what they say, and how they act.
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; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. (1st Corinthians 13:4)
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?
Hosea is an amazing study of the goodness and kindness of God.
His previous statements of Israels waywardness leads Him to respond in a way that reveals His mercy and kindness.
Bring her into the wilderness
And speak kindly to her.
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, in spite of his difficulties, experiences the Lord’s kindness…
Here is the repeated phrase that followed Joseph…
But the LORD was with Joseph
The act of kindness expressed to Joseph, was the blessing of extreme Favor upon Joseph‘s life… He found favor where ever he went. Pit, Palace, Prison, to Prime Minister.
Kindness, Loving-kindness was the foundation of all David understood and knew about God.
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 are boasting about many things. Jeremiah discovered what to truly boast about.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
that I am the Lord,
Lord’s prayer… Your kingdom come, your will be done, on(in us) earth, as it is in heaven.
Kindness is found in our earth, in our being. We have the fruit of the Spirit… Love, joy, peace, kindness… within us.
Kindness is so important…
1My 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 grace He has bestowed, and lavished upon us.
By practicing being kind and doing acts of intentional kindness; by having kind attitudes and speaking kind words.
We can join His intention by being intentional to reach the people He loves within our sphere of influence.
Take a selfie. What do you see? Who do you see?
It’s interesting that God chooses to reveal His nature through imperfect people. He always will, and He always has. He chose messengers to embody and to reveal His message.
Amazing is this grace. Awesome is the responsibility. Joyful is the privilege.
We are stewards, entrusted ones, and great is His investment in us. He invests His love and grace into us in order to flow through us.
Notice, He didn’t say we would do witnessing, but we would be…and be His witnesses.
A witness: a person who has seen, heard, or experienced something: to have personal or direct cognizance of a fact, a situation, an event or a person.
A witness is one who attests, authenticates, testifies (to), vouches (for), one who certifies as true. A witness is one who sees, declares what they have seen, heard and experienced.
The Disciples were experiential witnesses.
When is the last time you had an experiential connection to Whom you believe?
He was the Light, the Revealer. The disciples walked with Jesus for three years; at the end they still didn’t understand. They saw and heard what Jesus said and did. They saw His compassion, His anger, His love, His friendship, His power, and were soon to see His agony, then His glory.
Bottom line if we really see, behold, and experience Jesus, we see, behold and experience the Father’s love.
Last discourse with the disciples. A last meal. Last words of encouragement. Last action before the cross… Washing the disciples feet. Last command… Love well.
Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am?
Jesus often went to a garden in the Mount of Olives to talk to His Father .
It was His custom… He went to the Mt. of Olives… He would leave crowds, slip away, spend time alone in His Father’s Presence.
When we pray for someone we reveal the love and care of our Father.
When we encourage someone we reveal the love and the care of our Father.
We in a very real way reveal the Father’s nature.
Our good deeds reflect the Father’s love.
For a couple of years I prayed daily. “Jesus, you reveal the Love of the Father, please reveal the love of the Father to my heart.” I also prayed, “Father, no one can come to Jesus unless you draw them. Father please draw me closer to Jesus.”
I was expecting an encounter that would come upon me and give direct revelation of the love of the Father. I thought the revelation would come during my worship time, or my prayer time or at a special meeting.
Recently, I’ve had several people stop me and thank me for praying for them. One lady told me I prayed for her over a year ago and she has had no pain or issues since. Amazing!
I marvel, “Wow! Father I see your nature. I see your love. You loved her so much that you met her need abundantly beyond all we could ask or think! You are truly a loving Father.”
God’s love for me was revealed not by some mysterious experience, (I’m all in for those) but by her need being met through an answered prayer… through me. He reveals His love as I serve someone, or when I stop for the one. Sometimes He reveals His love as I encourage someone with prophetic insight or by giving a gift to someone.
The message is the messenger. The messenger is the message. If you are in doubt, take a selfie.
Do you feel the mountains tremble?