By Hope Bolinger, Crosswalk.com
Depending on your translation of the Bible, you may have stumbled across the word lovingkindness. The word itself seems to have a bounty of meanings. It can signify mercy, kindness, goodness, and love.
Lovingkindness (chacadh in the original language) can also mean to incline oneself or have mercy toward one person. This can mean that whoever exercises chacadh shows favor to a person, whether they have merited that favor or not.
In the case of the relationship between God and man, God extends lovingkindness to us. He gives us mercy, favor, and kindness when we least deserve it.
And better yet, he shows His lovingkindness to us every day. In this article, we’ll explore 10 ways we see God’s lovingkindess on a daily basis.
1. God Gives Us New Chances Every Day
Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Have you ever considered how every day is a blessing? God gives us a chance each day to live for him and choose to dedicate that day to him.
A new day may not seem like much. But considering we can’t count that tomorrow will happen, when we arise every day, we should see it as God's lovingkindness and a blessing.
2. God Gives Us Opportunities to Love Others
When we experience the lovingkindness of the Lord, we cannot help but extend the same to others. When we receive mercy, we ought to want to give mercy (Matthew 18:21-35).
Not only does God give us a new day to celebrate his goodness, but we have an opportunity each day to show others the same goodness we have experienced.
Others can mean a number of people in our lives, as we discover in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10).
This can mean friends, family members, foes, or a combination of those things.
No matter how we feel about a particular person, we can choose to show them the lovingkindness of the Lord.
3. God Loves Us No Matter What We Do
As Christians, we can often take advantage of this. We may choose to sin so that grace may abound (Romans 6:23). When we do this, we often forget about how much grace has extended to us in the gap between God’s holiness and our sin.
Nevertheless, as we seek to pursue the path of righteousness, many times we fail and fall into temptation or sin.
That’s where God’s lovingkindness steps in. Similar to the parable of the prodigal son, God loves us like a Father, no matter what we’ve done.
What an amazing God we have who still loves us no matter what we have done. That we can walk in his new mercies every morning!
4. God Is Lovingkindness
We can often overlook how God is love in Scripture. How he is the embodiment of mercy, of forgiveness, of kindness, and of love.
Galatians 5:22 calls the nine fruit listed the fruit of the Spirit for the reason. Because the Holy Spirit (God) embodies all of those attributes. God is love, patience, kindness, goodness, etc.
He perfectly exercises lovingkindness because he embodies it.
1 John 4:7-8 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
5. God Keeps His Promises
Lovingkindness also has ties with biblical covenants. For those unfamiliar with the Old Testament covenant, what would happen is two parties would walk through an animal they’d sawed in half. What they essentially said, by doing this, was, “If I fail to keep my end of the bargain, may what happened to this animal happen to me.”
Yikes. They really meant their promises.
And God does the same. He has given us, as believers, a new covenant. Not only does he promise us eternal and new life in him, but he also promises to return. And if we know God, we know that he doesn’t forsake an oath.
In our own personal lives, we can know that God has a plan for us and can see it unfold on a daily basis. Even when we don’t seem to witness him working, he works nonetheless.
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6. God Delights in Showing Lovingkindness
Does anyone ever begrudgingly give you a gift? Maybe they felt like they had to get you a Christmas gift, and you can feel the annoyance they have when they hand you the present.
Doesn’t that cheapen the experience? Even if they give you something you desired, knowing that they did so in a grumbling manner makes you feel guilty for the gift.
Fortunately for us, we have a God who delights in giving us lovingkindness. He does so willingly without expectation of a reward of some kind. No strings attached. He gives us mercy and grace whether we want him to or not, because he loves it and because he loves us.
On a daily basis, he delights in showing us acts of lovingkindness. Look closely enough, and you’ll see them.
7. God’s Lovingkindness Never Fails
What’s my biggest fear of getting into a relationship? That one day he’ll wake up and say, “I don’t love you anymore.”
Amazingly, God’s lovingkindness does not work that way. Lovingkindness means a steadfast mercy, grace, and kindness. That means on a day to day basis, we don’t have to fear that his love for us will disappear or wither. Because he loves without ceasing.
This may seem like a given for those of us who have been in the church for a long time and have heard that God loves us every Sunday. But we cannot discount the magnitude of the everlasting, unstoppable love of God.
8. God’s Lovingkindness Requires No Good Deeds on Our Part
Often, in the church, a sneaky idea has pervaded throughout church history that we somehow have to earn the love of God. If we experience the love of God, it should involuntarily show through our actions.
But nothing voluntary that we do can earn us more favor from him.
This means, on a daily basis, that even if we pray, read Scripture, and help others, this doesn’t somehow make God love us anymore. We should do those things as we want to grow in closer relationship and to be more like God. But if we wane in our Bible studies or in our prayers, this doesn’t make our Lord love us any less.
9. God’s Lovingkindness Makes Us Want to Grant Mercy to Others
As mentioned in our second point, there’s a particularly interesting parable on an unforgiving servant. When a master pardons him from way more than a lifetime’s worth of debt, he is exuberant. It would’ve taken multiple lifetimes to eradicate that dearth of funds, perhaps even an eternity.
But then, moments later, he turns around and throws his own servant in jail for a minor debt.
Jesus preaches on this because there was a massive cognitive dissonance that the first servant experienced. He had experienced so much mercy and forgiveness that he ought to have done the same to those around him.
If we are believers and we have experienced the incredible lovingkindness of the Lord, we cannot help but show the same to others.
10. God Reveals Himself to Us Through Lovingkindness
If you want to know what a person is like, see how they act.
The same applies to our Lord. If you want to know his character, see what he does.
Throughout Scripture, and in our own lives on a daily basis, we see God, time and time again, give mercy, forgiveness, and kindness to sinners who don’t seem to deserve it. Us.
We have the opportunity to know more about our Savior through his acts of love.
This matters because we can often overlook God’s mercies every day. When we wait for him to move for us in big ways (job promotions, a new child, finding our spouse), we can miss the lovingkindness he bestows to us on a daily basis.
When we fully grasp that a God who is holy and perfect wants to come into communion with us and wants to exercise mercy and kindness to us, even though we have not earned it, this changes our hearts. Or at least, it should.
We cannot help but want to extend the same lovingkindness to others once we have experienced it ourselves.
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Hope Bolinger is an editor at Salem, a multi-published novelist, and a graduate of Taylor University's professional writing program. More than 1,100 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer's Digest to Keys for Kids. She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. Her modern-day Daniel trilogy released its first two installments with IlluminateYA, and the final one, Vision, releases in August of 2021. She is also the co-author of the Dear Hero duology, which was published by INtense Publications. And her inspirational adult romance Picture Imperfect releases in November of 2021. Find out more about her at her website.