by Jayna Coppedge
Defining kindness is like trying to describe a shade of beige: winter wheat, a little darker than eggshell, just a little lighter than taupe, not as yellow as tan. Kindness is a mixture of compassion, gentleness, mercy, grace, and thoughtfulness tinted niceness.
We see an example of this color swatch in Genesis 24. Abraham, very old, sends his most trusted servant back to his homeland to find his son Isaac a wife. The servant humbly prays when he arrives:
“LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” (Numbers 24:12-14)
Kindness is a character trait of God. Here the servant is depending on God’s faithfulness and favor. He is respectfully requesting a gift for his master, not demanding a right. Kindness is not an obligation.