The Oxford Dictionary states that “kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.”
Psalm 63:3 – “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.”
Hugh Mitchell wrote the song, “Thy Loving Kindness” using Psalm 63:3-4. The words are as follows:
“Vs. 1: Thy loving kindness is better than life, Thy loving kindness is better than life.
My lips shall praise Thee, thus will I bless Thee: I will lift up my hands unto Thy name.
Vs. 2: I lift my hands, Lord, unto Thy name, I lift my hands, Lord, unto Thy name.
My lips shall praise Thee, thus will I bless Thee: I will lift up my hands unto Thy name.”
The Scripture is filled with words of wisdom about kindness and how we should act toward one another. Some of these words are as follows:
Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.”
I Corinthians 13:4 – “Love is patient, love is kind….”
Isaiah 63:7 – “I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us–yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.”
When I read these words, I see that kindness then is actually an act of faithfulness. If we truly love, then we will show this kindness towards one another and in doing so show our faithfulness to Him.
In “Thank Heaven for Coffee (and other little pleasures)” an Arabian Proverb is stated as follows:
“A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.”
This is the type person I want to be: someone who listens with a kind heart. May the Lord help all of us to be like Him and show kindness to those whom we come in contact with each and every day.