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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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”