The Generosity of Kindness

Michael Beck

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” (Proverbs 31:26)

There is nothing stingy in the “law of kindness.” It causes us to open our heart and mouth and hand to those in want. Kindness causes us to stand out; it makes us remarkable. Family and friends arise up and call us blessed because of the bounty they have received. Kindness considers others, not only wanting to meet the external needs of the body, but going beyond and wanting to bless the depths of the soul.

Kindness communicates a deep and genuine love. While many will grudgingly do the bare minimum required by duty; the kind break the bounds of expectation and obligation, surprising and delighting those who are blessed enough to live in their orbit. Where the law of kindness operates, mercy rejoices over judgment. There is no counting, no measuring, no strict adherence to justice. What others deserve is not the issue. Kindness is an act of grace, and grace understands that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.