12/12: Kindness

One of the Scripture Readings assigned for Christmas Day comes from Titus 3:3-6

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

I highlighted a key word for you: Kindness. The same word used by Paul in the list of the Fruit of the Spirit. Here he gives us an excellent idea of what exactly kindness is. It’s doing something for someone else even when they don’t deserve it. God showed kindness by loving us, by appearing to us, by saving us. All this he did, not because of our goodness, but because of His mercy. God is kind. He gives generously to us even though we don’t deserve it.

Luther said a similar thing in his explanation to the First Article of the Apostle’s Creed: “All this (providing for our needs) He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me.”

God is kind. He gives, and gives, and gives without waiting for you to deserve it. God’s kindness is most clearly seen on Christmas when he sent Jesus, not because of our worth, but because he is kind!

Our Heavenly Father, you are kind. You provide for our earthly needs and give generously for our eternity. Thank you for your kindness to me. Amen.

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