Bible Summary. Human kindness and mercy are much the same in terms of definitions. Mercy is defined in the dictionary as “compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence:”. To have this type of human kindness we must free ourselves from vanity, strife, and envy. Human kindness is demonstrated by deeds. God’s mercy toward us is our best example of true kindness. The Bible teaches us that we must treat all strangers with human kindness. Kindness is a key Christian value that God desires for all of us to possess and to show to others. See below for more commentary and scriptures on human kindness.
Quotes & Art: Love & Kindness
Human Kindness is All About Having Mercy Toward Others.
Human kindness is closely linked to the concept of mercy. Mercy is defined in the dictionary as “compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence:”. To have mercy on someone is at the heart of human kindness. 2nd Samuel 9:3 tells where David sought to show human kindness to the house of Saul.
2nd Samuel 9:3, “And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.”
Illustration of Brotherly Kindness: Two Moravians Show the Compassion of Christ …
Human Kindness Starts With Freeing Yourself From Vanity, Strife, and Envy.
Having human kindness includes being friendly, generous, and having a warm heart. To have human kindness you must be free of habits that do not promote warm, friendly relationships. These bad habits include being haughty, being quarrelsome, and being envious of others. Galatians 5:26 advises us to free ourself from vanity, strife, and envy.
Galatians 5:26, “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Definition Of Compassion – Human Kindness and Deeds.
The definition of compassion must include human kindness as well as good deeds. Someone cannot have human kindness in them unless they have the love for others. God is the best example of compassion. He loves all of mankind whether or not any one individual loves Him or not. 1st John 3:17 advises us that compassion is more than talk, but deeds as well.
1st John 3:17, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
Treating Strangers With Brotherly Kindness.
It is not our job to judge people. God desires that all of us treat everyone with kindness. Showing human kindness to strangers is a core virtue of being a Christian. God will judge us on how we treat others. Matthew 25:40 advises us to treat strangers with brotherly kindness.
Matthew 25:40, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”