Ephesians 2:6; That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Chrēstotēs in Greek or Kindness. The Kindness of God. Not the kindness of man who eventually fails. The kindness of God. Below the word Chrēstotēs is translated goodness.
Romans 2:4; Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (change of heart)
This is “how” we arrive at a change of heart. I love seeing the “how” of God’s Word. How does He change a heart? He pours on His kindness. Kindness by God’s standards not man. He uses His divine resources, over and over with millions of chances to have a change of heart. Ephesians 2:6 today’s verse, articulates this fact. It is continual. He shows us His goodness everyday for the rest of our lives and for ages to come.
The world tells us,”Come to me with your change of heart so I can tell you if it’s okay or not.” (Control issues, power-trips etc.)
Titus 3:4-6; But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
It is according to His mercy, not our works.
Ephesians 4:32; And be ye kind (chrestos) one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
He asks us to follow suit. Not with our ideas of kindness (or works), but be kind like God is kind. How? Ask Him how to reach out and tenderly bless a heart. You’ll never go wrong by making this a habit in your daily walk.
1 Corinthians 13:4; Charity (God’s Love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
Oh and look it’s one of the characteristics of agape, the Love of God! How Cool!