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A Desire Is Kindness (Proverbs 19:22)

Introductory Thoughts

Most sincere people, seeking opportunities to show kindness toward others, will generally have more opportunities than means. In fact, some instances will arise when helping others remains practically impossible. This is especially true when a financial need arises beyond the person's capacity to help. Does this mean kindness does not exist or that the individual lacks genuineness? No! Today's passage teaches a profound principle, “the desire of a man is his kindness.” Kindness is exemplified where there is a present desire to be kind toward others even though the individual may be without means to fulfil his desire to help. The passage ends by stating that “a poor man is better than a liar.” A man who desires to help but cannot do so is better than those who lie or deceive others about their true heart's intent to show kindness. Thankfully, God does not simply look at the outward act but can always see the heart's true desire, purpose, and motive!

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): A dog chews your friend's ball and ruins it. You wish you could get him another ball but can't because you don't have any money. God knows your thoughts of kindness. He is pleased that you wanted to help even though you were unable.
  • (For everyone): Do you have a genuine desire to show the kindness of God to others? Do you pretend to care when you really do not?
  • Kindness is obviously a matter of the heart. Have you showed kindness to anyone lately? If not, why not? Is it possible that your heart has become hardened because of sin?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God for a genuine desire to show kindness toward others.
  • Ask the Lord to give you a burden to pray and help others as opportunities arise.