a biblical term…
“A Greek word with the central idea of that which is agreeable and winsome. The word is often used to refer to a kind gift or a kind manner of giving. When referring to the undeserved kindness of God, the word describes a free gift given generously by God, with no expectation of repayment. Thus, it is an expression of God’s bounteous giving and generous love and kindness toward humans. The Greek term is also rendered by such expressions as “favor” and “kind gift.” It is given unearned and unmerited, motivated solely by the generosity of the giver.” (excerpted New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, revised edition 2013, glossary)
If You/i hav ever been the recipient of an unearned gift…motivated solely by generosity of the Giver, would that positively impact our feelings of gratitude? or our feelings of warmth/love toward the giver? Would repeated acts of undeserved kindness motivate a person to live differently? or to give more freely? or to be more forgiving? or more compassionate?
for example, in my life…i’ve experienced such kindness. (and repeatedly!) So, to the best of my (limited) abilities/circumstances, etc…i strive to live a life of gratitude/appreciation…especially toward the God of Compassion and Undeserved Kindness. (Undeserved kindness plays a prominent role in my daily decisions.)
just a thought, when viewing life as an undeserved kindness, are there less complaints? dissatisfaction? or gratefulness…for one’s lot in life? less risk taking that would endanger one’s life or someone else’s?
in my POV, and through my study of the scriptures, and through my life experiences…there are many undeserved kindnesses…Generous Gifts from God! These (and other reasons) motivate me to be as comforting and caring and helpful to fellow-fragile-life as humanly possible.
However, while i respect that all of us need specific-practical help in a physical sense…i place a higher value on spiritual wellness. Spiritual health first, physical health second. It’s been my experience that spiritual well-being…has a positive, long-term, rippling effect(s) on physical well-being. (Spiritual Peace leads to Physical Peace.)
“Let us, then, approach the throne of undeserved kindness with freeness of speech, so that we may receive mercy and find undeserved kindness to help us at the right time.” (Hebrews 4:16)
9/20/16 @ 4:17 a.m.