17 A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.
Proverbs 11:17 (NIV)
This verse tells us that if we are kind, we stand to benefit. In other words kindness is profitable. In fact kindness is a nature of God. Let us go through the examples of kindness in the Bible.
10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.
Genesis 32:10 (NIV)
This is what Jacob prayed when he was about to meet Esau after left his uncle, Laban. After he escaped upon the death of his father, his brother Esau had taken over the entire family estate. Esau had his own army with him. Therefore, it was not a surprise to us for Jacob to be afraid of what Esau might do to him when they met. However, Jacob had the wisdom to deal with the threat to his and his household. He prayed to God and relied on God’s kindness and faithfulness to deliver him. It worked. God’s kindness and faithfulness had delivered him from a potential death threat.
Likewise, no matter what threat you are facing right now, turn to God for your deliverance. Stop relying on your own works to save you. Rely on his kindness. Only then will you be delivered.
6 Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.
1 Samuel 15:6 (NIV)
In the above verse, King Saul was about to attack the Amalekites. However, he wanted to spare their neighbours, the Kenites and asked them to leave the Amalekites. He did that because the ancestors of Kenites had shown kindness to the ancestors of Israelites when they left Egypt. So, the Kenites owed to the kindness of their ancestors for their continual survival. This tells us that our acts of kindness today can result in the blessings to our descendents.
5 he sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead to say to them, “The LORD bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him.
6 May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.
2 Samuel 2:5-6 (NIV)
David spoke these words after he became the king of Israel. After King Saul died in a battle, some of his servants buried him out of kindness. How did David know it was out of kindness? Their boss was dead. They would not be paid for burying him. They could have left and find new jobs. Yet they stayed back and bury their former boss. Their act of kindness had impressed King David so much that he promised to show them favor. This means they still got to keep their jobs for the same pay if not more. So, there are some benefits for being kind.
8 As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant with you before the LORD. If I am guilty, then kill me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?”
1 Samuel 20:8 (NIV)
1 David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
2 Samuel 9:1 (NIV)
In 1 Samuel 20:8, Jonathan showed kindness to David. After David became king in 2 Samuel 9:1, he wanted to reciprocate the kindness to Jonathan’s descendants. If you can sense David’s tone in his words, he was actively looking for the opportunity to show kindness to Jonathan’s descendants. This is another proof that our acts of kindness can yield results across generations.
Here is another example of King David reciprocating kindness.
1 In the course of time, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him as king.
2 David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father.
2 Samuel 10:1-2 (NIV)
His son, King Solomon was blessed with excessive riches because he relied on the kindness of God.
6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
1 Kings 3:6 (NIV)
In conclusion, there are 2 classes of kindness in the Bible we should take note on. We should rely on the kindness of God to bless us and to deliver us because his kindness never fails. Those people who relied on the kindness of God in the Bible were never disappointed.
The second class of kindness is what we extend to others. When we show kindness to others we stand to benefit. The benefits will even extend to our children and our children’s children. It is the nature of God to be kind. When we extend kindness to others, we are taking up his nature. In doing so, we are in a better position to exercise his powers. Great prosperity is ours to claim when we extend kindness to others.