Daily Devotion for Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Ephesians 4:32, "And be kind and compassionate to one another..."
Kindness is the quality of being helpful or beneficial in generosity and goodness. In the New Testament, the word kindness is usually coupled with compassion. That is in relation to both God and man. Of course, as we have seen with all of the fruits of the spirit, our kindness finds its source in God Himself.
For it says in Ephesians 4:32, “And be kind and compassionate with one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” Kindness and compassion are interwoven as expressions of your love for God and others, and they are the main motivations that fuels our forgiveness of others.
Compassion was a driving characteristic of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In Matthew 14, it states that Jesus desired to retire to the other side of the Sea of Galilee to grieve the loss of His martyred cousin, John the Baptist. Yet, as He was pulling away from the shore, He saw a huge crowd and felt compassion for them. The word for compassion in the New Testament is splanknizomai. It literally means a wellspring of feeling and emotion coming from the gut. The Greeks thought that the seat of the emotion was in the gut. Basically, whenever you see the word compassion in the New Testament, you need to read it as, “Be kind and be moved inwardly for one another.”
When you see someone in need, your emotions should turn toward that individual. Your heart should break for those who need the gospel. You should seek ways to share the compassion that Jesus shared with you by forgiving you of your sins and adopting you into the family of God.
John says this about compassion and kindness, “This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has this world’s goods and see his brother in need but shuts off his compassion [shuts off his gut / heart] from him-how can God’s love reside in him? Little children, we must not love in word or speech, but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:16-18)