Kindness

Titus 3:1  (CJB) Remind people to submit to the government and its officials, to obey them, to be ready to do any honorable kind of work,

3:2  to slander no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be friendly, and to behave gently towards everyone.

3:3  For at one time, we too were foolish and disobedient, deceived and enslaved by a variety of passions and pleasures. We spent our lives in evil and envy; people hated us, and we hated each other.

3:4  But when the kindness and love for mankind of God our Deliverer was revealed,

3:5  he delivered us. It was not on the ground of any righteous deeds we had done, but on the ground of his own mercy. He did it by means of the mikveh [baptismal pool] of rebirth and the renewal brought about by the Ruach HaKodesh,

3:6  whom he poured out on us generously through Yeshua the Messiah, our Deliverer.

3:7  He did it so that by his grace we might come to be considered righteous by God and become heirs, with the certain hope of eternal life.

Kindness. A fruit of the Spirit.

Kindness. So needed in our world today.

The kindness of God should never be taken casually. “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4). “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We know that evil has always abounded, wherever people have roamed. But in our days the dark cloud of evil seems to have grown darker – and louder. Yet at the same time, silently, away from the headlines, the bright cloud of glory is also growing brighter – and brighter! It is getting louder also, at a level that most people cannot hear without spiritual ears, but the greater loudness will come when that final shofar blows, signaling the end of time as we know it. Then every knee will bow – either in worship, or in fear.

Yeshua (Jesus) told us to not worry about tomorrow; today has enough trouble on its own. So true. Yet we should consider tomorrow, just as we are to consider Him. We should consider ourselves, and the fact that we – when compared to the holiness of Heaven – are mere worthless beings. But He makes us worthy. Worthy of living life to its fullest. Worthy of being able to know Him, to talk to Him, to spend time with Him. Worthy of being able to approach the throne of Heaven and speak what is on our hearts. He is not willing that any should perish, but sadly, many will, because they would prefer to bow down to the god of pride.

Yeshua did not have to come to live as one of us, and undergo the horrible torture and murder on the execution stake. He didn’t have to do all of that. But He did because He desired to do so, and because it pleased His Father. And because He loves His creation so much. That means us, humanity, but it also means everything on the planet that He created – plants, animals, fish, birds, trees, rocks, hills, plains, mountains, oceans – there is so much to creation. “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will” (Matthew 10:29 NKJV). And the creation, in its own way, loves Him back. Creation is groaning (think of weird weather, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc), awaiting the return of the Creator, hoping that man will realize the truth – that created man messes up, and created man needs to lean upon his Creator, who is Yeshua, the mysterious Son, fully-God, fully-man, one of the mysterious triunity of God, in union with the Father, and the Holy Spirit (Ruakh HaKodesh). We should be awaiting, anticipating the return of our beloved Messiah, Yeshua. Yet we should also be grateful for the presence of the Comforter, Ruakh HaKodesh in our lives now.

Briefly, for a moment, because of His kindness, God stepped into time and space. For an approximate 33 years Yeshua physically lived with us. He lived life according to Torah. He understood the need to be the ultimate Sacrifice Lamb. He was the One the prophets told of. He cried, “It is finished!” and then He went back “home” to prepare a place for us, and intercede for us. It is due to His magnificent kindness that we can look forward to an eternity with Him. Why did Yeshua do this, go through this? “He did it so that by his grace we might come to be considered righteous by God and become heirs, with the certain hope of eternal life” (vs 7 above). What more could we desire?

Therefore, as best as we can, we should take hold of our cares and worries, sorrows and pains, and even our joy and happiness, and release them unto Him. Through praise, worship, and prayer. Through acknowledging His eternal greatness.

So for today, try a little kindness, that is, perform random acts of kindness and consider them to be acts of worship, and do so wherever you might happen to be. Think of the kindness of God. “Fight the good fight of the faith, take hold of [seize] the eternal life to which you were called…” (1 Timothy 6:12). Praise God for the grace in which we stand (Romans 5:2). For only by and through such grace are we able to stand in the presence of our Mighty God.

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17 KJV). 

KINDNESS!!

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