The presence of the Holy Spirit will manifest itself in certain ways often called the fruits [or indicators] of the presence of the Holy Spirit, which will develop more and more over time, as we overcome more and more and grow in godliness.
The scriptures contain a list of the Fruits of God’s Spirit and also a list of the Gifts of God’s Spirit. Fruits means the evidence of God’s Spirit and nature in a person. The Gifts of love, wisdom, knowledge and faith are the same as the fruits, but the gifts of healing, prophecy and tongues are additional special gifts for the edifying of the whole assembly. This series will present identical Fruits and Gifts together in the same articles, and will place those specific Gifts [healing, tongues and prophecy] not included in the list of Fruits in their own articles.
We call the end results of anything, its consequences or fruits; the Holy Spirit in us produces these fruits in us.
The Holy Spirit is the essence and nature of God, therefore GOD IS: Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love [agape], joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 523 Meekness, temperance: and we are to grow to become like God.
The fruits of God’s Spirit are the evidences or proofs of God’s Spirit and nature in us. When we plant a seed that seed will germinate and grow to become a plant. When God plants his Holy Spirit in us, it will grow [if nurtured by much study, putting away sin and internalizing godliness, and obedience to every Word of God] and fill us with the nature of God [the nature of God being the nature of God’s Spirit [the fruits of the Spirit].
The nature of God and of the Spirit of God in us, grows in us through the unresisted presence and growth of God’s Spirit in us. If we are diligent to learn and to live by every Word of God, to diligently seek all truth – for God is truth, and to reject every false thing, the very nature of God will grow in us, which nature is: Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Biblical Gentleness is defined as a lack of selfish motives and conduct, and a genuine active outgoing kindness of being and doing good to all. We must differentiate from the worldly idea of the word gentleness as meaning weak and effeminate.
Spiritually, “Gentleness” means to be peaceable and non-offensive, to be positive and helpful, to be easy to get along with, tactful, courteous and never bullying. Gentleness is the opposite of bullying, violence or being abusive.
Gentleness is being positive and helpful, to be quickly forgiving of the sincerely repentant, and helping mankind towards the salvation of God.
Spiritual gentleness is not weakness, but rather comes from the strength of God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in us. It comes from the strength of the whole Word of God and its instructions as to how we should conduct our affairs.
Peter describes gentleness like this:
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile [deceit]:
3:11 Let him eschew [despise and reject as filth] evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
Gentleness does not rule out righteous indignation against the breaking of and treading upon the Word of God, as Jesus threw the wicked out of his Father’s Temple; that is because treading on the Word of God is the opposite of true spiritual gentleness, ity is vaunting the self against God our Father.
God is love and is gentle and peaceable to all who are also love; which means that God and his faithful, condemn any turning aside from the whole Word of God to do as men think is right conforming to the wicked mentality of this world.
God is gentle to his own, tenderly, lovingly, carefully teaching them the ways of truth, peace and salvation, because they are receptive to the ways of salvation. God also rebukes and corrects those who reject the ways to salvation for their own ways; this out of his tremendous love that they might also repent and turn to him and his ways of LIFE.
Brethren, we are to be kind to all mankind, and sometimes part of that kindness is to rebuke the sin that is dragging people down to their destruction.
Let me be clear here, we should be loving, kind, peaceable, courteous and inoffensive to all men; insofar as we can be, while still being faithful to the whole Word of God.
Gentleness is an important fruit of God’s Spirit, but God’s spiritual fruits and gifts are not divided against each other. They are complimentary to each other and together they form a complete whole!
The most loving act possible, is to teach the way of Salvation and eternal life, and to rebuke sin.
Be harmless as doves in our personal relationships; but be valiant as lions in our zeal for teaching and living by every word of God.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 2:15 That ye may be blameless [of sin] and harmless [gentle], the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Gentleness; a Fruit of God’s Spirit
The Greatest Kindness
All of us can think back over the events of our lives and remember when someone showed us an act of kindness (gentleness) when we needed some kind of help or assistance.
It could be that kindness was expressed by either a person rescuing us from some kind of trouble, helping us out financially, assisting with something that was too hard for us to do on our own, fixing something for us that was broken; or maybe it was a kind word of encouragement that we needed to hear when we were feeling down.
There are many ways of showing kindness, but the very kindest thing anyone has ever done for me, the most monumental thing that comes to mind, of course, is what God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, did for me (and for all mankind); was when the Father sent His Son, and His Son willingly died on my behalf for all my sins, so that I could have the opportunity to repent, be forgiven, and if faithful, someday be given eternal life.
The world we live in lies in wickedness, and humans are unable to deliver themselves from bondage to it’s evil. (1 John 5:19). God’s solution was to give us the gift of His Son’s redeeming sacrifice by which all the sins of humanity can be forgiven and atoned for.
Just think of how much good fruit will be produced, will grow and eventually fill the earth because of what God has done for us! Can any kindness be greater than this? God’s kindness toward us is an example and pattern of behavior for us to strive to exemplify in our lives, showing kindness to others, as we are seeking to grow into the likeness of our heavenly Father and His Son.
As servants of God the Father and followers of Jesus Christ, who demonstrated an incredible kindness and compassion for us; who saved our lives and rescued us from eternal death; it is He who calls us to walk in the light of His Spirit, with love and kindness in all our relationships. (Psalm 145:9, 14-16)
Being gentle or kind is a way of living that has a lasting effect on those who we have been kind to; long after the kind thoughts, words, and actions have taken place.
Kindness is a gentle power without us being forceful, and it goes well beyond mere politeness to the very heart of how people respect and treat one another. Being kind is an essential way of making our own lives, and the lives of those around us, more meaningful.
Being kind enables us to communicate better with others, to be encouraging, understanding and to be more compassionate. Showing kindness can be used to be a positive force in other people’s lives as we treat them with respect in our words and our actions.
The fruit of kindness comes from deep within the very spiritual intent of a heart that has its roots in God’s love and is a by-product of being filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Yes, it is true that there are kind people in the world who are not necessarily converted; but even then, they are operating on God’s divine principle of being kind to others.
As Christians, we must be excellent examples of extending the kindness of God to the world because we have God’s Spirit which empowers us to exemplify how God is toward all people. Kindness pictures to others the way of love that is of God, for God is love and He operates in kindness in all that He does.
The Definition of Gentleness
This week we are studying the fifth quality of the fruit of the Spirit, called in the King James version of the Bible: “gentleness.”
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
The Greek word used for gentleness in this verse is chréstotés (Strong’s #5544) and means; usefulness, i.e. moral excellence (in character or demeanor) gentleness, good(ness), kindness, uprightness.
From: HELPS Word-studies – 5544 xrēstótēs (a noun, derived from #5543 xrēstós, “useful, profitable”) – properly, useable, i.e. well-fit for use (for what is really needed); kindness that is also serviceable.
Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, His Son, are the very essence of “chréstotés” or kindness. In everything they do, they are GOOD. Even in their creation of the natural world they portray their kindness everywhere. (Romans 1:19-20) They desire that their children exemplify this loving attribute as well; and the children of God will need to have this fruit of the Spirit to enter the Kingdom of God.
Without kindness, there would be nothing but cruelty and hatred. Sadly, this is mostly the state of this present evil world we live in; and cruelty and unkindness seem to be growing in ever increasing intensity in these modern end time days that we are living in.
The Hebrew word for kindness is: checed (Strong’s # 2617) and means; from chacad; kindness; by implication (towards God) piety: rarely (by opposition) reproof, or (subject.) Beauty – favour, favor, good deed, kindly, loving-kindness, merciful kindness, mercy, pity….
Just like God is love, God is good and He is kind, kindness is an attribute of God. It’s a part of His being and emanates from Him to all that He has created. It is part of His name just as longsuffering is.
Exodus 34:6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
The word for goodness in this verse is also the Hebrew word, checed (#2617) which means kindness. The Lord is long suffering, His is kind, and good, and His actions of goodness and kindness flow out of His very Being.
Love is Kind!
The fruit of the Spirit, “patience” which is long suffering is considered to be a kind of inward or more passive aspect of “love,” a self-restraint from acting unseemly or from getting angry, and it is forbearance or patient enduring.
Kindness, though, connotes a more active expression of love toward others. Both patience and kindness work hand in hand and are bound up in the one quality; LOVE.
1 Corinthians 13:4 begins with: “Charity [Godly agape love] suffereth long [is patiently longsuffering] and is kind.” Gentleness and kindness are the outward manifestations of godly love. If we have love in our hearts for someone but never show them any kind of patience or kindness, how would they know that they are loved by us? Gentleness and kindness are love in action and they are expressions of godly love.
1 Corinthians 13, contains not only examples and definitions of love, but Paul’s teaching expands our understanding of aspects of the other fruits of the Spirit as well, including gentleness or kindness, which is one of the ways love is expressed to others.
In this chapter, Paul illustrates how love acts, with patient longsuffering coming first on his list: “Love suffers long” (1 Corinthians 13:4). Then following patience, he adds, “and is kind [gentle, not aggressive or bullying],” giving the idea that love and kindness belong together to such an extent that we can see that without kindness, no act is truly done in love!
We can have the gifts of tongues, prophecy, understanding, faith, generosity, but if not done in love all of these things are counted as nothing.
The most comprehensive description of love to be found in Paul’s writings is in this chapter. It is called the Love Chapter but it could also be thought of as a chapter of kindness. For as with charity (godly love), being kind will involve patience and when we are kind, we will not be envious or boil over with jealousy, nor will we be boastful or full of pride. When someone is being kind, they will not act arrogantly or be haughty. If we are being kind, we will not be prideful, or rude to others, we will not be selfish, nor will we have a quick temper, nor think evil of others.
t Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Love suffers long and endures (has patience); but the action component of love is kindness, the side of love that engages in outward acts of service toward those we are showing love to. It is the type of action that has the power to bring positive change in the lives of those we come into contact with and in all of our relationships with others.
Love is the keeping of all of God’s commandments, (1 John 5:4) and kindness is a very important aspect of keeping His commandments in all their spiritual intent, from the heart; going way beyond the mere physical keeping of God’s law.
Being kind can sometimes involve sacrificial ways of expressing God’s kindness, for it involves taking time for others, giving of our resources, it may involve discomfort or weariness on our part, or it may even cost us our lives in doing service for others. Kindness may be something as simple as giving a stranger a smile and salutation, holding a door open for someone coming in behind us, or sending a card or email to let someone know we care.
As Christians striving to walk as Jesus walked, love and kindness involves so much more than merely mechanically keeping the commandments and doing only what is required. Kindness is about actively doing good and fulfills the intent and spirit of the law.
Cultivating kindness in our character brings us closer and closer into the very image of God becoming like Him.
Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Paul goes on to teach how we put on the new man and grow into His image.
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Jesus Is Our Model of Kindness
The love Paul illustrates in 1 Corinthians 13 is the love of God, which found its perfect expression in Jesus Christ who is our model of gentleness and kindness.
The kind of love that Jesus had for mankind when He was here on earth, was not only an inward emotion or feeling of love, but was also very much outgoing. Because of His love, He was gentle/kind and went about doing positive acts of kindness, healing and casting out evil spirits.
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
His preaching, warning, and teaching of the truth were also expressions of His love. His love was not merely casual politeness; it was patient, long-suffering, kind and proactive.
God is Good to All
God gives His kindness to mankind even before they turn to Him. He cares for and gives His blessings of provision to those who sin against Him; to those who are ruining His magnificent creation, and to those that reject His commandments and ordinances. He is patient and kind and doesn’t bear grudges or retaliate, but freely gives even to wicked men before they repent, while he patiently works toward the completion of His plan of salvation.
Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
There is coming a time when God will exercise His righteous wrath against mankind’s wickedness, but even then it will be done in kindness. For if He did not intervene to put a stop to the evil, there would soon be no more goodness left on earth. Everything would become completely corrupt and vile, and mankind would destroy all of God’s creation.
We are in the days similar to the days of Noah and it is only getting worse. A loving and kind God is going to come with correction to humble mankind, eradicate evil from the earth and enable humanity to repent, to be forgiven, and to be given the opportunity to become part of His family.
His gift of life and His provision for all of His creatures, including man, is an abundant manifestation of His divine and kind nature.
Acts 14:16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
Psalm 145:9 The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Kindness is the building-force that pours out of us to others, that can edify and encourage them to want to learn more about God and His ways.
Kindness is a way we can be building godliness now in our lives, as we establish a habit of kindness to others.
Kindness, can have a ripple effect that can influence a marriage, a family, a community, a church group; and when God’s Kingdom is fully operating, will eventually engulf the whole world. God’s Kingdom will surely be a kingdom of love and kindness and all it’s subjects will benefit and thrive under a loving and kind government.
God as Our Source of Kindness
The Biblical definition of kindness shows that we are to pour kindness out of ourselves for others. The kindness that the Bible teaches us is a self-sacrificial kindness of acting for the good of others rather than acting selfishly for our own advantage.
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Most of the people of the world have hearts of stone, that is why there is very little kindness and is why people can even do the most unimaginable cruel acts toward others. That is why there is violence, wars, terrorism, because they do not know God and do not have His laws written in their hearts yet.
Yet, by the amazing power of God and His Spirit, those He is calling now can be changed from being self-centered carnal humans to the people of God who have been transformed and now have tender hearts, hearts filled with kindness. It is this divine kindness that God will impart that has the power to change ourselves and others by showing them a glimpse of God’s way and His nature, and a peek of what the kingdom of God will be like.
Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
There is a Foundation that is called “Random Acts of Kindness” that promotes kind acts; doing the unexpected and “random” acts of good deeds for others. This is of course not a bad thing to do, but they miss the point of directing people to God, seeking Him first and seeking the true source of acts of kindness.
With God the acts are not random, but consistent, constant and based on His law of love. We are not to do kindness to be seen of men or to receive the accolades of others, but because it is the right thing to do and a habit of kindness comes as a result of being filled with the love of God and this fruit of the Spirit is love in action.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. [While all were yet sinners God poured out His kindness for mankind)
The Holy Spirit is to be replenished day by day through diligently seeking godliness and will overflow in our interactions with others and will make our relationships flourish as we continually shower God’s kindness upon those we love in our lives.
It is through the overflowing abundance of God’s Holy Spirit that we receive the power to show the same kindness to others that we have received from God.
Words of Kindness
One of the ways we show kindness is by the words we speak to each other. The tongue has the power to refresh and bring life, or it can destroy another person; that is how powerful we are in how we treat each other by what we say; not only with the adults that are in our midst but also our children, who are so very vulnerable to cruel and impatient words.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
The Proverbs 31 virtuous woman is an allegory of the future Bride of Christ and she has in her tongue the “law of kindness”. Gentle kindness will be part of who she is and it is one way she will tend to the ways of her children and her household [which after her resurrection will be all of mankind], by nurturing, encouraging, teaching, and speaking with kindness, always. The children of God that make up the Bride will have learned how to have kindness in their hearts and on their lips as this proverb teaches.
Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. [#2617 chesed] 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
By being kind to one another, we can encourage and uplift others,which can be like a beautiful gift of gold or silver.
Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
As the Ekklesia, we are commanded by God to be building and edifying His body with teaching, admonition, and exhortation. By this we are showing kindness to each other by building each other up with our words. There is so much that can be said in how we are to be kind in our communication to each other, but I will just let the following Scriptures admonish us in this respect. These are just a few verses; there are many, many more.
Romans 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching
Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. [The sins hidden are he sins that are repented of by the sinner, and thereby washed clean by the atoning sacrifice of Christ.]
Kindness is a Part of Godly Righteousness
Paul writes in: Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
The Word of God is righteousness and kindness is a fruit of the righteousness of living by every Word of God, and if we are a righteous people we will be kind to all those who come into our life’s path. And this is what God says about those who seek to become righteous:
Matthew 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The effects of kindness cannot be numbered, for such a gentle spirit will ripple out to touch the lives of those far removed from the original kind deeds. The fruit of kindness sows the seeds that can only bear more good fruit here now in this life, and even more so in the world that is coming.
Those seeds may seem to be laying dormant for now, but who knows if those who are called later will remember our kindnesses shown to them during earlier times, and when conditions are more favorable in the Kingdom, those same seeds will begin to germinate, to take root and to flourish.
Imagine the whole world acting in kindness to each and every person . The whole world will by living by every Word of God; not only in the letter of the law, but also in the spirit of the wisdom and kindness of God.
To be kind is to be a wise person indeed.
Psalm 117 Commentary
Let All Peoples Praise the Lord
This psalm is a call for all people to give God praise for His merciful kindness and for His truth. It is the shortest psalm of all the psalms and is the shortest chapter in the Bible.
For being so short, this psalm is packed with meaning. It is a call for all nations, including the Gentiles, to praise God because His merciful kindness is great toward all those who have ever lived or will ever live, and for the fact that God’s truth will endure throughout all eternity, forever and ever.
The psalmist’s writings are exhorting us to acknowledge God’s goodness and kindness to all mankind for all of His works and to give thanksgiving in praise to Him.
Psalm 117:1 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
Psalm 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
We know that only a few are wholeheartedly turning to God now; but when Jesus returns and sets up His Kingdom, then all nations of the earth will have the veil of deception removed and will have the opportunity to turn to Him and become citizens of the Kingdom of God.
It is God’s great kindness that makes sincere repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation with God possible.
Then the knowledge and opportunity for salvation, will be the cause for all people to praise God and laud Him; Not only for His kindness, but to celebrate His mercy and His truth and merciful salvation of humanity.
The truth of the way to eternal salvation has been hidden for most people throughout the past 6,000 years of man. But as this psalm shows, God will soon become known by all and the nations will no longer be deceived by Satan anymore. (Revelation 12:9)
The removal of deception and the revelation of God’s loving kindness and His truth will give all peoples of the earth cause to praise Him.
In the future, these people will be given new godly hearts (Hebrews 10:16) and will praise God.
It is God’s kindness in what He has provided for all mankind, Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice; that makes possible our redemption and salvation, is the foundation of our hope; we and the whole world are then called to PRAISE the LORD!
Then with sincere repentance and redemption from the wages of sin by the application of the gift of Christ’s sacrifice; people will be reconciled to God and will receive the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28) and will learn and be filled with godly kindness themselves.
Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
Isaiah 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Luke 2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 2:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Acts 14:16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
Psalm 72:17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.
Psalm 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
Psalm 117:2 “Praise [Exuberantly extol and exalt God] ye the Lord.”
The Psalmist is calling all nations to praise the LORD for His kindness and for His everlasting truth! And we will be doing just that throughout all eternity, with joy and thankfulness! for all His loving kindness He has shown to us.
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed;
but my kindness shall not depart from thee [the faithful],
neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed,
saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
James Malm and Constance Belanger
Note- Constance submitted the original rough draft of this article in 2015, which I then completed for posting.