Have you noticed that kindness is not as widespread as it used to be? It’s sad, but chivalry and courtesy have become antiquated. “Hello” and a friendly handshake are almost extinct, for people will look the other way to avoid speaking to you. We used to hold the door for others, but now we’re too busy rushing through it ourselves. And definitely don’t get a flat tire. Rather than stop and help, most people will speed by you en route to an “important” engagement.
Aren’t you glad God isn’t like that? When others are rude and selfish, God is kind. The parable of the Good Samaritan is an excellent illustration of God’s kindness. Kindness distinguished the Good Samaritan from the other characters in the parable – he extended a helping hand when others wouldn’t. Isn’t that just like God? When our friends are few, He reminds us, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5, New Living Translation). When no one else cares about our problems, God says, “Cast all your cares on me, because I care for you” (see 1 Peter 5:7).
If you think about God’s kindness, then you’ll agree with David, “… thy lovingkindness is better than life” (Psalm 63:3, New Living Translation). Like a good neighbor, God is always there. Thank God for demonstrating His love through kindness!