When We Are Kind
Three Works of Kindness – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:1-6
Key Verse: Jeremiah 31:3
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
If you are thinking that kindness is a sign of weakness, you couldn’t be further from the truth! Kindness accomplishes work that could never be accomplished by any other human effort! The Bible describes three works of kindness—three accomplishments that we can depend on—if we operate in kindness. Today we will look at the first work: Drawing power.
Today’s scripture describes this power as God operated in kindness. Jeremiah tells us that God drew the children of Israel to Himself through kindness. They had rejected many things that God did, but it was His kindness that broke Israel’s stubborn streak! God told Jeremiah to remind them that he had “drawn” them by His loving kindness!
People have a hard time resisting consistent kindness! I realize there are always exceptions to principles, but most people are attracted to those who operate their lives by kindness principles. Kindness has drawing power, it will woo people, break down hard heartedness and any stubborn spirit. It is often a disciplined practice to be kind to some people, but let me encourage you to try it. I believe that if you will be consistent you will see the power I am describing. You will experience how people, even your enemies, will be drawn to you. Kindness is powerful!
Father, I tend to run back to my own ways and efforts. I need your help to trust the power of kindness in all my relationships! I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.