Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Showing God Kindness”
Be kind. Mothers frequently remind their children to be kind. Share your toys. Be patient with your sibling. Help others. Speak words of love and encouragement. Show compassion. Be friendly and considerate.
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV).
Being kind leads to better relationships. Have you shown God kindness today? Are you as spontaneously kind to God as you used to be, or are you only expecting God to show you His kindness? Does everything in your life fill His heart with gladness?
A loving and healthy relationship is not one-sided. If you’re always asking God for things then walking away, there’s room for improvement. When was the last time you meditated on His goodness, where all your thoughts were just about Him?
“Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in the land not sown.’” Jeremiah 2:2 (NKJV)
How does one bless the Lord? How can we shower God with love? God does not need anything, but He does desire our fellowship. Pause and consider how wonderful this truth is. Our Creator wants to know us intimately. Rather, He already knows us intimately, so actually, He wants us to know Him intimately. He wants our fellowship because He wants to reveal Himself to us.
When we abide in Christ, we are aware of His presence and participate in a state of meaningful and friendly communion. One way to show God kindness is to pursue Him. Seeking God means we long to be in His presence.
“I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently will find Me.”
Proverbs 8:17 (NKJV)
Showing God kindness also includes acknowledging His love, power, and faithfulness. Worship is a great way to give back to God. Singing His praises is a powerful way to glorify Him. King David wrote many Psalms and set them to music. His heart of worship is an example for us to follow.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” Psalm 103:1-2
God commanded us to love one another. Parents are pleased when they see their children acting with kindness. Certainly, our heavenly Father is also pleased when He sees us demonstrating kindness.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; As I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (NKJV)
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” Romans 12:10 (NKJV)
Obedience and following Jesus wherever He leads is also a means of demonstrating kindness and our love for Him. When we trust our Lord, we honor Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.” Psalm 28:7 (NKJV)
May God reveal new ways to express your love for Him through acts of kindness.