Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, 23  meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
 
 
KINDNESS
1. Good will; benevolence; that temper or disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others, which is exercised cheerfully in gratifying their wishes, supplying their wants or alleviating their distresses; benignity of nature. Kindness ever accompanies love.

There is no man whose kindness we may not sometime want, or by whose malice we may not sometime suffer.

2. Act of good will; beneficence; any act of benevolence which promotes the happiness or welfare of others. Charity, hospitality, attentions to the wants of others, &c., are deemed acts of kindness, or kindnesses. Acts 28.
 
 
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Kindness

 

Lev 19:34  The stranger that dwells with you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself. For you were strangers in the land of Egypt. I am Jehovah your God. 
 
Deu 22:1  You shall not see your brother's ox or his sheep go astray and hide yourself from them. You shall surely bring them again to your brother. 
 
Deu 22:2  And if your brother is not near you, or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it into your own house, and it shall be with you until your brother seeks after it, and you shall give it back to him again. 
 
Deu 22:3  In the same way you shall do with his ass. And so shall you do with his clothing. And with any lost thing of your brother's, which he has lost and you have found, you shall do the same. You may not hide yourself. 
 
Deu 22:4  You shall not see your brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide yourself from them. You shall surely help him to lift it up again. 
 
Psa 112:5  A good man shows favor, and lends; he will guide his business with fairness. 
 
Pro 14:21  He who despises his neighbor sins, but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he. 
 
Pro 19:22  The charm of a man is his kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar. 
 
Pro 31:26  She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 
 
Isa 11:13  And the envy of Ephraim shall depart, and the foes of Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not trouble Ephraim. 
 
Zec 7:9  So speaks Jehovah of Hosts, saying, Judge true judgment, and practice kindness and pity, each man to his brother. 10  And do not crush the widow or the orphan, the alien or the poor. And do not devise evil in your heart, of a man against his brother. 
 
Mat 5:7  Blessed are the merciful! For they shall obtain mercy. 
 
Mat 5:42  Give to him who asks of you, and you shall not turn away from him who would borrow from you. 
 
Luk 6:30  Give to everyone who asks of you, and from him who takes away your goods, do not ask them again. 
 
Mat 25:34  Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35  For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; 36  I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. 
 
Luk 6:34  And if you lend to those of whom you hope to receive, what thanks do you have? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return. And your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest. For He is kind to the unthankful and to the evil. 
 
Act 20:35  I have shown you all things, that working in this way we ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. 
 
Rom 12:15  Rejoice with rejoicing ones, and weep with weeping ones; 
 
Rom 15:1  Then we who are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 
 
Rom 15:2  Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good, to building up. 
 
Rom 15:5  And may the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded toward one another according to Christ Jesus, 
 
1Co 13:4  Charity has patience, is kind; charity is not envious, is not vain, is not puffed up; 5  does not behave indecently, does not seek her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil. 6 Charity does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth, 7  quietly covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 
 
Gal 6:1  Brothers, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you the spiritual ones restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. 2  Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the Law of Christ. 
 
Gal 6:10  So then as we have time, let us work good toward all, especially toward those of the household of faith. 
 
Eph 4:32  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.
 
Col 3:12  Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender feelings of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, 
 
Col 3:14  And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. 
 
1Ti 5:9  Do not let a widow be enrolled having become less than sixty years old, the wife of one man, 10  well reported of for good works: if she brought up children, if she lodged strangers, if she washed the feet of saints, if she relieved the afflicted, if she followed after every good work. 
 
Heb 5:2  who can have compassion on the ignorant and on those who are out of the way. For he himself also is compassed with weakness. 
 
1Pe 3:8  And finally, all be of one mind, having compassion on one another, loving the brothers, tenderhearted, friendly. 9  Never give back evil for evil, or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, giving blessing, knowing that you are called to this so that you might inherit blessing. 
 
1Pe 4:8  And above all things have fervent love to yourselves, for love will cover a multitude of sins. 
 
2Pe 1:7  and with godliness, brotherly kindness, and with brotherly kindness, love.
 
1Jn 3:17  But whoever has this world's goods and sees his brother having need, and shuts up his bowels from him, how does the love of God dwell in him? 18  My children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 
 
 
Instances of:
 
Pharaoh to Jacob - Gen_45:16-20; Gen_47:5-6
Gen 45:16  And the report was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brothers have come. And it was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and of his servants. 17  And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Say to your brothers, Do this: load your beasts and go into the land of Canaan, 18  and take your father and your households and come to me. And I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat the fat of the land. 19  Now you are commanded; do this. Take wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20  And do not regard your stuff, for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours. 
Gen 47:5  And Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6  The land of Egypt is before you. Make your father and brothers to live in the best of the land; in the land of Goshen let them live. And if you know men of ability among them, then make them overseers of livestock, over what is mine. 
 
Pharaoh's daughter to Moses - Exo_2:6-10
Exo 2:6  And she opened it, and she saw the child. And behold, a boy wept. And she had pity on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' sons. 7  And his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call a woman, a nurse of the Hebrew women for you, that she may nurse the child for you? 8  And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the girl went and called the child's mother. 9  And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will give your wages. And the woman took the child and nursed it. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses. And she said, Because I took him out of the water. 
 
Rahab to the spies - Jos_2:6-16
Jos 2:6  But she had brought them up on the roof, and had hidden them with the stalks of flax which she had laid in order upon the roof. 7  And the men went after them on the way to Jordan, to the fords. And when they who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate. 8  And before they had laid down, she came up to them on the roof. 9  And she said to the men, I know that Jehovah has given you the land, and that your terror has fallen on us, and that all those who live in the land faint because of you. 10  For we have heard how Jehovah dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11  And we had heard, and our hearts melted, nor did any more spirit remain in any man, because of you. For Jehovah your God, He is God in Heaven above and in earth beneath. 12  Now therefore, I pray you, swear to me by Jehovah, since I have dealt with you in kindness, that you will also deal with kindness to my father's house. And give me a true token, 13  and shall save alive my father and my mother, and my brothers and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. 14  And the men answered her, Our life shall be for yours, if you do not tell our business. And when Jehovah has given us the land, we will deal kindly and truly with you. 15  Then she let them go down by a cord through the window. For her house was on the town wall, and she lived on the wall. 16  And she said to them, Get up into the mountain lest the pursuers meet you. And hide yourselves there three days until the pursuers have returned. And afterward you may go your way. 
 
David to Mephibosheth - 2Sa_9:1-13
2Sa 9:1  And David said, Is there still any that is left from the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake? 2  And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And they called him to David, and the king said to him, Are you Ziba? And he said, Your servant. 3  And the king said, Is there not still any of the house of Saul, so that I may show the kindness of God to him? And Ziba said to the king, Jonathan still has a son, who is lame in his feet. 4  And the king said to him, Where is he? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. 5  And King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. 6  And Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, and fell on his face and bowed to him. And David said, Mephibosheth! And he answered, Behold your servant! 7  And David said to him, Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore you all the land of Saul your father. And you shall eat bread at my table forever. 8  And he bowed himself and said, What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I? 9  Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, I have given to your master's son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. 10  And you shall till the land for him, you and your sons and your servants. And you shall bring in the fruits so that your master's son may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth, your master's son, shall eat bread always at my table. And Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11  And Ziba said to the king, According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so shall your servant do. And Mephibosheth was eating at my table like one of the king's sons. 12  And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micah. And all that lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. 13  And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem. For he always sat at the king's table. And he was lame in both his feet.  
 
Ahab to Benhadad - 1Ki_20:32-34
1Ki 20:32  And they bound sackcloth on their loins and ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel and said, Your servant Ben-hadad says, Please let me live. And he said, Is he still alive? He is my brother. 33  And the men carefully observed, and quickly caught it from him, and said, Your brother Ben-hadad. And he said, Go and bring him. And Ben-hadad came out to him, and he caused him to come up into the chariot. 34  And Ben-hadad said to him, The cities which my father took from your father, I will restore. And you shall make streets for you in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. And Ahab said, I will send you away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him and sent him away. 
 
Elisha to the woman whose son he restored to life - 2Ki_8:1
2Ki 8:1  And Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise and go, you and your household, and live wherever you can live. For Jehovah has called for a famine. And it shall also come on the land seven years. 
 
Evilmerodach to Jehoiachin - 2Ki_25:28-30
2Ki 25:28  And he spoke kindly to him and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon. 29  And he changed his prison clothes. And he always ate bread before him all the days of his life. 30  And his allowance was a regular allowance given him from the king, a daily ration for every day, all the days of his life. 
 
Jehoshabeath to Joash - 2Ch_22:11
2Ch 22:11  But Jehoshabeath the daughter of the king took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons who were killed. And she put him and his nurse in a bedroom. And Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah) hid him from Athaliah so that she did not kill him. 
 
Jews to the people - Neh_5:8-19
Neh 5:8  And I said to them, According to our ability we have redeemed our brothers, the Jews who were sold to the nations. And will you even sell your brothers? Or shall they be sold to us? And they were silent and did not find an answer. 9 And I said, What you do is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations our enemies? 10  And also I, my brothers and my servants, might take from them silver and grain. Please let us leave this lending at interest. 11  Please even today give back to them their lands, their vineyards, their olive-yards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money and of the grain, the wine, and the oil, that you take from them. 12  And they said, We will restore, and will ask nothing from them. So we will do as you say. Then I called the priests and took an oath from them that they should do according to this promise. 13  Also I shook my lap and said, So let God shake out every man from his house, and from his labor, who does not keep this promise, even may he be shaken out this way and emptied. And all the congregation said, amen, and praised Jehovah. And the people did according to this promise. 14  And from the time that I was chosen to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even to the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes the king, twelve years, I and my brothers have not eaten the bread of the governor. 15  But the former governors that had been before me were too heavy upon the people, and had taken bread and wine from them, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people. But I did not do this, because of the fear of God. 16  And I also kept on in the work of this wall. Nor did we buy any land. And all my servants gathered there to the work. 17  And at my table were a hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, besides those who came to us from among the nations around us. 18  And that which was prepared daily was one ox and six choice sheep; and birds were prepared; and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine. Yet for all this I did not seek the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people. 19  Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people. 
 
Mordecai to Esther - Est_2:7
Est 2:7  And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter. For she had neither father nor mother, and the young woman was fair and beautiful, whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter. 
 
Nebuchadnezzar to Jeremiah - Jer_39:11-12
Jer 39:11  And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon gave command concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the chief of the executioners, saying, 12  Take him, and set your eyes on him, and do him no evil. But do with him even as he shall say to you. 
 
Joseph to Mary - Mat_1:19
Mat 1:19  But Joseph, her husband to be, being just, and not willing to make her a public example, he purposed to put her away secretly. 
 
Centurion to his servant - Luk_7:2-6
Luk 7:2  And a certain servant of a centurion who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3  And when he heard of Jesus, he sent the elders of the Jews to Him, begging Him that He would come and heal his servant. 4  And coming to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that he was worthy, he for whom You give this; 5  for, they said, He loves our nation, and he has built us a synagogue. 6  Then Jesus went with them. But He being yet not far off from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, Lord, do not trouble Yourself. For I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 
 
Jews to Mary and Martha - Joh_11:19; Joh_11:33
Joh 11:19  And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary in order to comfort them concerning their brother. 
Joh 11:33  Then when He saw her weeping, and also the Jews who came with her weeping, Jesus groaned in the spirit and troubled Himself. 
 
John to Mary - Joh_19:27
Joh 19:27  Then He said to the disciple, Behold your mother! And from that hour that disciple took her into his own home. 
 
Felix to Paul - Act_24:23
Act 24:23  And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and not to forbid anyone of his own to minister or come to him. 
 
Julius to Paul - Act_27:3; Act_27:43
Act 27:3  And on the next day we were landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul courteously and gave him liberty to go to his friends to receive care. 
Act 27:43  But the centurion, desiring to save Paul, kept them from their purpose and commanded those who could swim, to throw themselves overboard, to go out on the land. 
 
Onesiphorus to Paul - 2Ti_1:16-18
2Ti 1:16  May the Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chain. 17  But when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently and found me. 18  May the Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day. And in what things he ministered to me at Ephesus, you know very well.