Love to Joy to Patience to Kindness…..
In writing about this reflection of God’s love I could clearly understand how God demonstrated his kindness. I was not so sure of my own. It brought to mind many questions for myself, so prayerfully I took them to God.
Was I being kind and if I painted a picture of kindness, from God’s perspective, how would it look ? I had so many questions but one thing I knew for sure. It could not be random.
God’s kindness is never random and it is of the purest form.
“And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21)
In this verse God foreshadows His continued relationship with man. Adam and Eve deserved God’s wrath and destruction for their sin. Instead, God demonstrates His love through mercy, kindness and hope.
…“The beasts, from whose skins they were clothed, it is supposed were slain, not for man’s food, but for sacrifice, to typify Christ, the great Sacrifice. Adam and Eve made for themselves aprons of fig-leaves, a covering too narrow for them to wrap themselves in, (Isaiah 28:20) such are all the rags of our own righteousness. But God made them coats of skin, large, strong, durable, and fit for them: such is the righteousness of Christ; therefore put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Mathew Henry Commentary
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)
“Christian charity stands not in word but in deed, and proceeds from a sincere affection.”
Geneva Study Bible
It is a vain thing to make verbal pretenses of love, without any real proof of it.”
Mathew Poole Commentary
(1 John 3:18)…”It is very lawful, and right to express our love to one another, and to all men in words, to give good words, and use courteous language, and speak in a kind, tender, and affectionate manner, and especially to persons in distress; but this should not be all, it will be of no avail to say to such, be warmed and filled, and give them nothing but these good words, nothing to warm and fill them with;” (see James 2:15)John Gill Commentary
Oh precious and heavenly Father, thank you for your deliberate acts of kindness. I am so thankful you are not a random God. Help me to grow in your word and in your love, so I can reflect your light as a vessel of kindness. Not randomly, but deliberately, authentically, with passion and on purpose. ~Amen :Y