And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power”While we’re doing good to all men (Galatians ; cf.
Titus 3:8), we cannot do that which God will not do.
Just as we’ve seen in God’s kindness, there has to be a balance.
We know we are supposed to follow the example of God (Ephesians 5:1).
Thus, if we simply study some things about how God acts when it comes to being friendly, generous, and considerate we’ll have an understanding of how to be kind without being a pushover.
Be baptized (immersed) for the remission of your sins (Acts and Romans 6:1-6). Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering” (Romans , Ephesians , and Colossians ).
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you…
The world and God are polar opposites (I John -17).
There is another common misapplication that falls to Scriptural reasoning.
It was the kindness of God that brought Jesus into the world (Titus 3:4). In fact, His kindness is shown in how long He gives us all to repent (II Peter 3:9-10).
It will be the wrath of God that sends the majority of mankind to Hell (Romans and Ephesians 5:6; cf. We can be kind while not compromising as lights in this dark world (Philippians -16).
Let’s follow our Lord’s example in this and all other things (I Peter -22).
Being kind is a necessary virtue and a quality proven to sustain long-term, productive and healthy relationships.
We certainly want to be friendly (Proverbs ), generous (II Corinthians ), and considerate (I Corinthians and Philippians 2:4). All too often we find an instruction (such as being kind) and people begin to overextend that instruction.