FRIDAY, JULY 3
“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”
Romans 2:4 (ESV)
A Sunday School teacher asked her class if they knew the difference between kindness and loving-kindness. One little girl said she knew the difference. She told the teacher that kindness is like when you ask your mother for some toast and she gives it to you, but loving-kindness is when you ask your mother for some toast and she gives it to you with butter and jelly on it. That’s the way God is. God, in His loving-kindness, is an exceedingly generous giver. He doesn’t just give you some blessings, but He gives some blessings with some butter and jelly on it.
John MacArthur writes, “kindness connotes genuine goodness and generosity of heart. Our salvation from sin and lostness and death issued wholly from God’s kindness, His loving, benevolent, and entirely gracious concern to draw us to Himself and redeem us from sin forever. The Christian is to show kindness by behaving toward others as God has behaved toward him.”
It is God’s loving-kindness and offer of mercy that leads Christians to repentance. And now God desires for us to follow His example and offer others that same loving-kindness that He has shown us. Find someone today who you can love and add a “little butter and jelly on it.”