First Corinthians 13 stands as one of the most famous chapters in the Bible. The subject is love, and many consider this part of Scripture to be Paul’s greatest literary work. In verse 4, we read, “Love is kind.”
In verses 1-3 the word love is mentioned three times, in the context of great religious endeavors—which are nothing without love. Then Paul begins to paint a picture of love’s qualities, and one of the first strokes of his brush reveals that love is kind.
Kindness is noted as part of the fruit of the Spirit. Love is also in the list, revealing the close connection between love and kindness. Living a life of love marked by kindness is one aspect of living in a way that pleases God.
Kindness is characterized by benevolence and tenderness. A kind person is disposed to help others and to do so with sympathy and consideration. Godly love will make a person kinder. No one can be loving and unkind at the same time.
God is love, and that means He is kind. God’s kindness leads to repentance and salvation. The ultimate expression of God’s kindness is found in “the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in the Messiah [Christ] Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).
Love is kind. May the Master Jesus fill us with His love so that we might be kinder, more forgiving people for His glory.
- Genesis 21:23 — 23 now therefore, swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but according to the kindness that I have shown to you, you shall show to me and to the land in which you have sojourned.”
- Genesis 47:29 — 29 When the time for Israel to die drew near, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “Please, if I have found favor in your sight, place now your hand under my thigh and deal with me in kindness and faithfulness. Please do not bury me in Egypt,
- Genesis 50:21 — 21 “So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
- Joshua 2:12–14 — 12 “Now therefore, please swear to me by Yahweh [the Lord], since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s household, and give me a pledge of truth, 13 and spare my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters, with all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.” 14 So the men said to her, “Our life for yours if you do not tell this business of ours; and it shall come about when Yahweh [the Lord] gives us the land that we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.”