“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 ESV
The last few weeks I’ve been reading the book of Hosea. Today I came upon the following verse:
“Therefore, return to your God,
Observe kindness and justice.” Hosea 12:6 NASB
From there I followed a cross reference to Micah 6:8 (the opening verse above).
I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness lately.
I’ve been a recipient of kindness a few times lately, and it is such a breath of fresh air!
It seems that our world is very lacking in kindness. It makes me sad to hear and read the unkind things people say. Yet, sometimes we are unkind, too.
Notice in the above verse that kindness and justice and humility go together.
When we proudly refuse to do justly (to obey God’s will), chances are very good that we will not walk in kindness, unless it somehow benefits us.
So, we may be kind in a professional sort of way for our job, for example. Or we may be kind in hopes that the person or people to whom we have been kind will repay us someday. We may also show a facade of kindness to make ourselves look good in the eyes of others.
But this sort of kindness that is not done in humility, is not the sort of kindness that God requires of us.
The kindness that He requires of us is His HESED, that is, His faithful covenant love, His mercy and kindness to everyone, even to those whom we feel do not deserve it.
This sort of kindness does not require or even seek to be paid back. It only benefits the giver in the joy of seeing another person blessed.
God is kind and just, and He wants us to practice kindness and justice, as well. Of course, we can only do that when we humble ourselves before Him and let Him empower us.
Today, let’s love HESED (kindness).
- Let’s guard kindness,
- Protect kindness,
- Hold fast to kindness.
It does so easily slip through our fingers when someone is mean to us.
We must be intentional in holding on to it.
Today let’s resolve and ask God to help us to be kind in all our attitudes, our actions, and in all our words, both spoken and written.
Today I’m thankful for kindness, both given and received.
I’m thankful that because of God showing us kindness, we can also pass that kindness on to others.
What about you? Have you been blessed by someone’s kindness recently? How have you gone out of your way to show kindness lately, perhaps to someone who is not a part of your family or on your best friends list? Did you ever think of God as being kind? What is the kindest thing someone has ever said to you or done for you?
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