Daily D – Romans 2:4
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (NIV)
God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. (The Message)
God is truly good and mercifully kind. Two different words are used for kindness in this verse. Each of them points to the combination of goodness and kindness. Goodness is kind. Kindness is good. This is God’s steady state. He is not capricious. He does not lash out irrationally. He gently and patiently lovingly leads us to himself.
What would be different where we live, work, and play if we reflected this aspect of God’s nature? What light would this behavior shine? How differently would people think about Jesus if they saw this in us?
What if everyone in our lives could anticipate kindness from us?
What if our reputation was shaped over years by abiding goodness?
Ponder the possibilities. Experiment with experiences. Live and love like Jesus.
I will live and love like Jesus with goodness and kindness.
Our Father, shape my life so that others may anticipate kindness and experience goodness at every encounter. Purge my heart of all things unmarked by your goodness and kindness. Fill those newly-emptied spaces with more goodness and more kindness. Use these character qualities to demonstrate your seeking, saving, keeping love. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”