Lovingkindness

Jeremiah 9:24 KJV But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord .

The Lord tells us in this verse that the thing we should put the most value in is our understanding of Him. Above wealth, above might, above wisdom, the knowledge of the Lord is the most important thing. And as He describes Himself, we find that the first quality He states of Himself is His lovingkindness. Before judgment, before righteousness, God is first and foremost a loving and kind God.

In our day and age, love and kindness are not what they used to be. Many are tired of being taken advantage of by ungrateful people, and it’s difficult to know whether someone really needs help or has ulterior motives. Many have a misinterpretation of love and kindness and use them to promote sin and ungodlinesss. The Church often either joins in the sin or overreacts and becomes very unloving and unkind.

In the chaotic, sinful world we live in, love and kindness is getting harder and harder to find. But I think it’s important for us to remember that God puts this as His Primary Characteristic. God is Love, and His active expression of that Love is Kindness.

When one studies the Bible, one finds that the major difference between God and Satan is not their standards of justice and righteousness, but rather their concepts of kindness. The very name Satan means “accuser,”and his accusations against God and humanity are founded in his unkindness. If we look at the Book of Job, we see that Satan’s argument was that, if pushed far enough, Job would turn his back on God. While Job never completely did so, Satan was partially correct. However, God still showed Job forgiveness and kindness after he repented.

While I cannot prove this theory as absolutely correct, the evidence in scripture points to the idea that Satan rebelled against God because he thinks God should not have given His Creation freewill. According to Satan, giving humanity freewill was a bad idea, because it chose to turn against God and do evil things. And, in a way, he is right. However, he fails to understand that without freewill there cannot be true love and kindness.

God knew that giving His Creation freewill would open up the door for the possibility of evil. Yet, He believed that all the heartache and chaos was worth it if just one person chose to love Him. And when His creation turned its back on Him, He sacrificed Himself to give them another chance. And not only another chance, but also the Power of His Spirit to enable us to love as He does.

When we choose to look at the world and all the evil in it, it becomes difficult to understand why we should be loving and kind. However, when we look at the Cross, it becomes clear. We did not deserve His Love, but He gave it anyway. The world does not deserve our kindness, but we should give it anyway. For if only one chose to use that kindness for good, it is all worth it.

Matthew 18:12-13 KJV How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? [13] And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep , than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

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