March 19


"Indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious" (1 Peter 2:3, NKJV).

Some of the most endearing titles for Jesus found in the New Testament are recorded in Peter's two short epistles. His intimacy with Christ becomes evident by his descriptions of Him. In today's text, Peter appeals to those who have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

The Greek word rendered gracious is also translated, "beneficent," "good," or "kind." It describes one who is unselfish, thoughtful, and kind in his or her treatment of others. These are attributes that characterized Christ's public and private life on earth. Like His heavenly Father, Jesus is inherently gracious (see Exodus 34:6). His remarkable dealings with people of all walks of life are proof positive that Jesus is the gracious One. This was especially so in His treatment of the down trodden, the disabled, the aged, the outcast, the despised, the publicans and sinners, and of course, the little children. All loved Him and sought His company because He was gracious and kind. Christ was gracious even to His detractors.

One of the masterpieces of the plan of salvation is that in the ages to come, Christ's supreme kindness and mercy will be on exhibition for all eternity in the persons of the redeemed (see Ephesians 2:7). That's why we, who are the recipients of this kindness, should practice the words of the apostle, "Be kind and compassionate to one another" (Ephesians 4:32, NIV). Ellen White adds, "Jesus has given us an example that we should follow in His steps, and manifest compassion and love and goodwill toward all. Let us cultivate a kind spirit, a spirit of forbearance, and tender, pitying love."--Sons and Daughters of God, p. 144.

My Prayer Today: Lord, help me to be gracious and kind as You have taught me to be. Amen.