In Wayne Watson’s song “The Class of ‘95”, he writes, “God has surely been most faithful. He’s been so much more than kind.” I have said that God has been kind to me, especially since 2006 when I discovered I had oral cancer for the first time.
I appreciate kindness and I especially appreciate God’s kindness to me. Kindness has been defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. God has certainly been those things to me.
Some people may perceive me in a generous way as being good or nice, but the Lord knows everything about my past and my future. He knows what is in me and how I think. He knows my motives and intentions. He knows every sin that I have committed or will commit. And yet He still loves me and He is patient with me.
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain
For the most part, we live in an un-kind, hostile, dog-eat-dog world. So when kindness is shown, it shines like a light in the darkness. Because God has been kind to me, I can be like Him by expressing kindness in the same way it was shown to me. It requires dying to my natural ways and being friendly, generous, and considerate. It means loving the imperfect, the messy, and the unappreciative. But it can be done…Jesus did it for me.
These verses from Matthew 11 uses the words: learn, gentle, humble, rest and light. In my mind, these words express the kindness I have been speaking of.
“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to who the Son wills to reveal Him. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:27-30 NASB
Are you in need of kindness? Do you yearn for rest for your soul? Jesus said, “Come to Me,” If the Lord has been kind to you, are you sharing that kindness with others? What a contrast it is between what Jesus offers and what the world offers; love verses hate.
What’s your thoughts?