His Nature — Kindness

May 5, 2024   /   One Life Church

His Nature — Kindness

Jason Hubbard

Our goal is to continually grow in our understanding of the nature of God, and as we do, to be shaped by Him.

2 Corinthians 3:18 BSB – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-26 BSB – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us walk in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying one another.

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To be kind is to be friendly, pleasant, and merry for the purpose of making someone’s life better.

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1. The Kindness of the Lord is expressed through Jesus.

Galatians 3:16 BSB – The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say, “and to seeds,” meaning many, but “and to your seed,” meaning One, who is Christ.

Titus 3:4-7 BSB – But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This is the Spirit He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we would become heirs with the hope of eternal life.

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2. Jesus embodied the kindness of the Lord.

Mark 6:34 BSB – When Jesus stepped ashore and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things.

Matthew 15:33 BSB – Then Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, “I have compassion for this crowd, because they have already been with Me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may faint along the way.”

A. Jesus’ kindness meets both the natural and spiritual needs.

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Luke 18:35-43 BSB – As Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting beside the road, begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by,” they told him. So he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way admonished him to be silent, but he cried out all the louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and directed that the man be brought to Him. When he had been brought near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” “Lord,” he said, “let me see again.” “Receive your sight!” Jesus replied. “Your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God. And all the people who saw this gave praise to God.

B. Jesus’ kindness allowed for interruption.

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Mark 1:40-43 BSB – Then a leper came to Jesus, begging on his knees: “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him, and the man was cleansed.

C. Jesus’ kindness moved Him past what was comfortable and safe.

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D. Jesus’ kindness was attractional to everyone.

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3. The purpose of the kindness of the Lord is for repentance.

Romans 2:3-4 BSB – So when you, O man, pass judgment on others, yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you disregard the riches of His kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you to repentance?

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The Benefits of Receiving the Kindness of the Lord

1. The kindness of the Lord lifts the heavy burden and brings joy.

Matthew 11:28-30 BSB – “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Psalm 4:6-8 BSB – Many ask, “Who can show us the good?” Shine the light of Your face upon us, O Lord. You have filled my heart with more joy than when grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

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2. The kindness of the Lord brings comfort.

Psalm 119:76 BSB – May Your loving devotion comfort me, I pray, according to Your promise to Your servant.

John 8:2-11 BSB – Early in the morning He went back into the temple courts. All the people came to Him, and He sat down to teach them. The scribes and Pharisees, however, brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before them and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such a woman. So what do You say?” They said this to test Him, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger. When they continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.” And again He bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard this, they began to go away one by one, beginning with the older ones, until only Jesus was left, with the woman standing there. Then Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.”

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3. The kindness of the Lord is never ending.

Isaiah 54:8 BSB – In a surge of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.

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