Love is kind. Kindness is defined as “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” It means being good-willed towards other people, being warm, thoughtful, and showing concern and care. The Bible tells us that love is kind. Love considers the other person, it wants the best for them, it puts into consideration what they may be going through and what they have gone through, it puts into consideration what they want, it considers their point of view.
Kindness handles the other person with care and considers their best interest.
Kindness means not mishandling the other person, it means treating the other person with respect and dignity, it means putting into consideration that we human beings are imperfect. It means being generous with our time and resources, and with our words and actions towards other people.
Kindness treats the other person well. It means when we are blessed we do not forget where we came from, it means remembering others when things are going on well with us, it means being good-willed and treating others well and wanting the best for other people.
David loved Jonathan and was loyal to him. When he became king, he remembered to show kindness to Jonathan’s family after Jonathan had died.
“Now David said, ‘Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?'” 2 Samuel 9:1.
David took in Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan.
So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet. 2 Samuel 9:13.
When we love someone, we are kind to them, we show concern, we treat them and their family well, we show care, we are generous to them, we want only the very best for them, we support and encourage them through both good and bad times. Kindness is compassionate.
God loves us, He is kind. The Bible tells us that though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet God’s unfailing love for us will not be shaken nor His covenant of peace be removed. The Lord has compassion on us.
The Lord showed kindness to Abraham. Abraham sent his servant to look for a wife for Isaac from Abraham’s country and from his family. Abraham told his servant that the Lord will send an angel before him. God helped Abraham’s servant recognize who would become Isaac’s wife.
“Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’ – let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.” Genesis 24:14.
Rebekah, born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her pitcher and gave him a drink and also drew water for all his camels to drink. Rebekah and her family were kind to Abraham’s servant. When the servant took Rebekah back with him, he told Isaac all the things he had done.
Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Genesis 24:67.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32.
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