Devotional material is taken from Today With The King, written by Robert A. Cook. Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved. Used with written permission.
2 Peter 1:7: Add to your faith... brotherly kindness. Read 2 Peter 1:5-8.
If you went to Sunday School as a child, or read Bible stories at home, you will remember the story of Joseph. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, he nevertheless--by God*s providence--ended up as prime minister of Egypt, second in command of that very powerful ancient nation. You may also recall that toward the end of the story, Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, forgave them, and told them *it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt* (Gen. 45:8).
Later, when their father Jacob died, the brothers feared that Joseph would remember what had happened in the past and would *requite us all the evil we did unto him* (50:15). But Joseph told them not to be afraid. He said that, though they had meant to do him in, so to speak, God had turned it into good--for all concerned. Then you recall that blessed demonstration of brotherly kindness when Joseph said, *Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones.* And he comforted them and spake kindly unto them* (50:21).
Kindness--like courtesy--is really love in work clothes. Paul told the believers in Rome to be *kindly affectioned* to one another (Rom. 12:10). To the saints at Ephesus he said, *Be ye kind one to another* (Eph. 4:32). And to the Colossians: *Put on…kindness* (Col. 3:12). How does God show us the riches of his grace, dear friend? In *His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus* (Eph. 2:7).
Small thought here. According to God*s Word, every believer is a habitation of God--through the Spirit (Eph. 2:22). So God*s kindness is in you too. Show His kindness to someone today!