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The Law of Kindness

Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 504 – The Law of Kindness

Proverbs 31: King James Bible

The Law of Kindness – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verse 26


26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 

Daily Inspiration from This Verse – The Law of Kindness


Before we take a look at the law of kindness, let’s talk for a moment about the matters discussed in the first half of this verse.

Wisdom and Talking

One of the personal obstacles I’ve faced my whole life, is knowing when to keep my mouth shut, or when to open it up. Is there anyone who can relate to this? Tell me about it down below in the comments.

Because of this, I might take the first half of this verse a little differently than others. What I mean is, it could be understood that to open your mouth with wisdom would signify that you’re speaking with wisdom.

In other words, using wise words, or talking about something wisely rather than being foolish about something. Sure, this could be rightly interpreted.

But as aforementioned, I see it differently.

It isn’t saying that she’s being wise with her words, in fact, matters of the tongue are discussed in the second half of this verse. In her tongue is the law of kindness.

That’s got to do with the nature of the things she’s saying. I don’t believe that speech itself is what’s being focused on as far as opening her mouth is concerned.

I would propose that she’s using wisdom to discern when it’s best to either keep her mouth open or shut. She isn’t blabbing on and on about every little thing that crosses her mind.

Her words are more potent. Not just because of what comes out of her mouth, but because of when. Sometimes you need to know when to hold’em, and know when to fold’em. This requires wisdom, and for some, extreme self control.

Being Kind with Words

First of all, what does this verse mean when it refers to the “law of kindness?” Well, the word “law” in Hebrew is the word “Torah.” Most of us will recognize that the books of Moses are known as the Torah.

It’s fair to make the correlation, that the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) is what’s being referred to here. Some people may laugh at the idea of the laws of God being those of kindness.

To those people, I would suggest a deep study into spiritual matters, and an understanding into why the Lord does things. But I digress…

The second half of this verse concentrates on the substance of what’s coming out of her mouth. Just as it takes wisdom to know when you should open your mouth, wisdom is required behind what comes out.

Being kind is easier for some than it is for others. Or some people might have a kind heart, but give off the appearance of being unkind. For example, a big biker kind of guy that is tough as nails, scary to look at, but is a marshmallow inside.

If this guy doesn’t share the contents of his heart, his kindness or gentle nature is out-spoken by his threatening appearance.

On the other hand, some people can be kind to a fault, and cross the threshold into being enablers for bad behavior. In this wicked and fallen world, being kind to the point of being a push over won’t prevent you from being pushed over, but will promote it.

There is a time for every season, and also a time to be kind with your words, and a time to refrain from kind words in order to show greater acts of kindness. Yeah, I know that doesn’t look like it makes sense, but it will.

Verbal Jujitsu – When Kindness is an Art Form

I can’t understate the wisdom that is required when it comes down to speaking in kindness. There are some comfortable circumstances where it comes easily.

The art of it comes into play when it’s not so easy or when it’s uncomfortable. Anybody who has taken part in training someone for a new position might have experienced this first hand.

What about discipline? This is probably the most hated form of kindness on the planet. Well, at least hated at the time. Ask any child whose parents are doing well in the discipline department. Nobody likes it while it’s going on.

But it’s done to yield a good result, and in so doing, shows kindness and care between the one being disciplined and the one who is dealing it out. We think of this in physical terms, but it is every bit as important as it relates to words.

Another form of kindness that is becoming increasingly rare, is being kind in opposition. These days when people should be opponents, they instead behave as enemies. There should be a difference between the tow, and at the heart of that difference is either kindness, or being void of kindness.

Being skilled in the law of kindness requires to be well versed in the law itself. Remove that, and opponents can quickly turn into enemies.

But at the end of the day, those who maintain a level of kindness will be rewarded for doing so, and the one who lacks in this department will be scorned. This is the power of kindness when mingled with wisdom.

Saintly Kindness

Jesus gave us a multi-layered display of kindness through his earthly ministry. He traded kindness for kindness, dished it out to those who didn’t deserve it, yet stood his ground against those who sought to trip him up or rebuke him.

He knew who he needed to be kind towards, and when to open his mouth wisely after discerning a situation. My first thoughts go toward the woman caught in the act of adultery, and brought before him.

He didn’t instantly open his mouth, but waited for wisdom to catch up with the situation. You may recall that he sat and scribbled in the dirt for a little while. Personally, I believe that he was awaiting instructions from the Father, which is the ultimate form of opening one’s mouth with wisdom.

In a kind and subtle way, he was harsh with the accusers, while simultaneously showing kindness toward the woman that was dragged before him, without giving approval toward her behavior.

That my friends, is what I’d call a master in the art of kindness. How much emphasis do we as Saints place in this arena?

Kindness no matter the form, benefits all parties involved when mingled with wisdom and an understanding of the Word of the Lord.

Related New Testament Scripture


Luke 6: King James Bible

35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

John 8: King James Bible

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Romans 12: King James Bible

9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;

11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Ephesians 4: King James Bible

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Colossians 3: King James Bible

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Prayer


Father,

Thank you for your Word, and for all of your wonderful traits. Each are a blessing to us, and give us hope. Lord, help us to master the art of kindness through your Spirit and your wisdom. Teach us to be every bit as effective in using the law of kindness with everyone we deal with, as the Lord Jesus is himself. May we have this as a tool at our disposal to win others to you, or at the least be a blessing to those around us. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Amen

Question


Have you not given practice to the law of kindness?

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2 thoughts on “Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 504 – The Law of Kindness

  1. Hi Brian, I concur with your thoughts on today’s scripture. I thank the LORD for His mercy in changing my attitude toward people of all types. He is so patient as it has been an ongoing process since I can remember & still going on. As a teen I had one personality at home & another with my friends. I know it is a typical teen thing, but still wrong. A couple of things the LORD used was to remind me that all men are created in His image & likeness, He is not happy over an enemies death, & it is not His desire that anyone be lost. I have learned to be kind to a neighbor who is satanist. That was a struggle for me. Not because he was going to be glad when the rapture accurred, but that he was a enemy of God. Occasionally I would get mixed up in reading Psalms of David where he was asking God to curse God’s own enemies. Then I would remember that I’m in a different time where Jesus is fulfilling the law & I would calm down. God can take care of Himself. He ask me to obey Him today in the New Covenet. Not that erases the Old. There are many mercies in the OT. The Church needs to practised more of the law of kindness, but I wish the world also would see the the kindness that is already displayed.
    Blessing on you & your Ministry,
    Janet

    • Hi there Janet,
      I think as a teen I was too pig headed to pull off being one type of person around one group of people, and another around a different group, or at home. When you think that you’re right all the time, and that your actions are justified be they right or wrong, you tend not to care about repercussions from family. Yeah, I was a real piece of work. At least you had some sense as a teen to know that you were behaving differently.

      I think the difference that we should understand when reading Psalms that contain David praying vengeance to rain down upon his enemies, is that we just have a different enemy.

      Our enemies are not flesh and blood, but are spiritual or demonic. This is where we apply our focus when it comes down to a warlike position against our enemies. Knowing who the real enemy is and praying that the Lord dash them into pieces is fine, Biblical, and effective, all granted that we know that mankind does not apply.

      We’re given a whole different toolbox when it relates for our human or fleshly enemies. Bless and not curse, pray for not against, do good to them, etc…

      So in my opinion, that’s the big difference. David was forced to deal with the flesh, whereas we’re forced to deal with the spiritual one way, and the flesh another. Both of which seems like you’ve got covered well with your thoughts toward your neighbor!

      Thank you for your comment Sister! May the Lord bless you and your household, and bless all the works of your hands in Jesus name!

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