The Bible frequently speaks of kindness as a primary characteristic of God and a fundamental aspect of the Christian life. Kindness in the Bible encompasses not only a pleasant disposition but also a readiness to do good, to assist, and to show concern for others.
God’s kindness is showcased in His acts of mercy, love, patience, and generosity, which humanity is urged to emulate (Ephesians 4:32; Galatians 5:22-23). The Scriptures depict kindness as an attribute of love (1 Corinthians 13:4), a requirement for justice and humility (Micah 6:8), and a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
God’s kindness, often expressed through His steadfast love and grace, aims to lead people to repentance and faith (Romans 2:4). Furthermore, the Bible encourages believers to show kindness to everyone, even enemies, reflecting the divine kindness received through Christ (Luke 6:35).
Therefore, kindness in the Biblical sense involves an active effort to treat others graciously, mirroring the boundless kindness of God.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”Ephesians 4:32
Proverbs 3:3: “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Colossians 3:12: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”
Luke 6:35: “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”
Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
2 Peter 1:7: “And godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”
Proverbs 14:21: “Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.”
Proverbs 11:17: “A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.”
2 Timothy 2:24-26: “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.”
Titus 3:4-5: “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.”
Zechariah 7:9: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another.”
1 Corinthians 13:4: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
1 Thessalonians 5:15: “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.”
2 Samuel 2:6: “May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.”
Acts 28:2: “The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold.”
Romans 12:10: “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Ephesians 2:7: “So that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 145:9: “The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”
Romans 2:4: “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”
Luke 6:27-28: “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”
1 Peter 3:9: “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”
Romans 11:22: “Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.”
2 Chronicles 10:7: “And they said to him, ‘If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.'”