Confessions of a PW ~ What's a khrā-sto'-tās ?
An amazing example of kindness is found in
Isaiah 40:11 (NLT)
He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
Whoa! I need this degree of kindness from Him and I need to extend it to those on my path regardless of their belief system.
When we freely transfer kindness to those we've considered "undeserving" we are never more like Jesus than in. that. moment.
khrā-sto'-tās is a Greek word for one of our three English translations for kindness. Paul uses this word to describe God's unexplainable kindness for unbelievers.
Strong's #5544: Kindness is goodness in action, sweetness of disposition, gentleness in dealing with others, benevolence, kindness, affability. The word describes the ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience. The Holy Spirit removes abrasive qualities from the character of one under His control. (walking in The Spirit)
We've all had those days we've dealt with someone working our last nerve. How we respond determines the outcome. I pray those on the receiving end come out ok, living to tell about it. I pray also the kindness that Jesus extends to my undeserving self is exactly what I extend to YOU. Regardless of our expectations or failure to measure up to the unrealisitically demands we've placed on one another; the fruit of kindness should always dictate our behavior toward others.
(photo: this is what I call my "warpath" necklace made by my friend Shannon. It is symbolic of Jehosaphats moment, "Alarmed, he resolved to inquire of the Lord"
2 Chronicles 20:3 NIV)