By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared. 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; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Lord; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
Titus 3:4-7

Today's Read: Titus 3; Romans 2
Kindness ... what is it?
-Kindness is a tender affirmation and token of grace and gentleness extended to another.
-Kindness is declared to be that notable trait in God which leads man to repentance
 (Romans 2:4.)
-Kindness is that virtue without which, God not extending, man would be nothing.
It's God's loving kindness that results in our salvation, sanctification, and justification before His perfect holiness.
Without God's kindness no man would see God,
No man would appear before God,
No man would have hope in God.
This passage is filled with so much "reverential tenderness" that I'm held captive by it with little desire to do more than repeat it and allow it to sink deep down inside.
Doesn't "kindness" sound so little and unassuming?
And yet it's so big and all-consuming.
Let's dwell on the "kindness" of God and touch gently on three pure realities:
1) Kindess, love, and mercy are mingled solidly together in this passage to create a foundation from which all of God's realities flow down to us.
Kindess, love, and mercy are the cleansing, purifying agents which course down from the Father's love, mingle sacrificially in the Son's holy blood, and ebb gently onto the soul stained with sin.
God is so kind with us,
Gentle with us,
And compassionate toward us.
God's kindness extending ... is our eternity unending,
And so this shall ever be.
2) Washing and renewing are the "kind and cleansing acts" of the Holy Spirit working within us and poured out upon us.
We don't deserve to be washed and made new ... but we are.
The Spirit immerses the soul in a kind, gentle, calming bath by which it comes out mercifully, holy clean and none can lay claim on it but the Father who wields sovereign power over it. The renewed and regenerated soul proceeds with the kindness and love of the Father; full of mercy and compassion, full of tenderness and forgiveness.
We are washed and renewed,
Made whole and subdued by that wondrous power which siezes us upon our salvation.
Praise be to God for His extravagant act of kindness in immersing us and loving us with His indwelling Spirit.
3) God's kindness is liberal, lavish, and generous.
God doesn't apply half measures to His fickle and half-hearted people,
He applies to us the whole merciful vastness of His great love;
 Willing us and imploring us to experience more of Him,
More of His kindness.
The blood was shed and the Spirit was shed on us "abundantly" the scripture says.
God's kind of kindness is such a different kind of kindness;
It's unending, undeserved, and life-changing.
 God's kindness changes everything.
You and me are souls set free ...
Because of God's kindness.
Three Study Suggestions:
1) Read and reflect on the "kindness of God" in today's passages.
2) Write the sentence seven times "God is kind to me," and allow it to get into your soul's pores. This exercise, as little as it sounds, will do something inside of you.
3) Who reflects the kindness of God in your life and why does kindness seem to be in such short supply?
Hmmm ...
Maybe we need to soak a little longer in God's tender and merciful kindness.