“Kindness” (crhstothv chrestotes) is moral integrity, excellence and uprightness that should completely penetrate the new nature of the believer. Sometimes this term is translated “gentleness.” It is associated with mercy, since to be merciful is to be kind. It is reaching out to other in love, especially when it hurts. Being kind can cost one pain and serious inconvenience. Consider how Paul relates “kindness” when he presented the hardships he had experienced as a servant of God.

By purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left (2 Corinthians 6:7).

Notice that kindness does not stand alone in the Christian’s life. Throughout the Scriptures, the great theme of God’s steadfast-loving kindness (dox checed ) throbs like a powerful heartbeat.

For great is His dox to us; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever. Hallelujah! (Psalms 117:2).

“Steadfast-loving-kindness” flows from God to us and it is to flow from us to others. Kindness is caring.

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