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20 Powerful Bible Verses About Kindness that Show Compassion

Not long ago, God presented to me an opportunity to show kindness to someone. I admit, at first, I did not recognize it. It had been a long day; one full of meetings; I was feeling brain dead, emotionally weary, and desperate for some alone time before my next meeting. After the encounter I have been contemplating Bible verses about kindness and all that the Bible has to say about being kind to those around us.

With my Bible and study on Joshua in hand, I headed to Panera. Scanning the tables, I sought for a quiet nook where I could escape for an hour. Making a beeline for the perfect table, a young woman shouts, “You have a Bible! You must be a Christian!”

I smiled and replied, “Yes, I am.”

Carrying on to my table, I settled in, opening my study guide. Another loud interruption turned heads and got my attention, “I go to church, too!”

Looking up, I smiled and nodded, secretly hoping, if I looked away, this lady would leave me alone.  

Quite the opposite happened. The woman scurried over to my table, got close and shared, “I’ve been in the hospital. My social worker is to meet me here. I think she’s late. I need a place to stay tonight. Can you help me?”  

It was apparent by the smell she needed a bath; it was possible she was homeless. The more she talked, I suspected she was also an adult with special needs.

Nervously, but boldly, she asked if I could give her $75 so she could stay at the Sleep Inn for the night.

I didn’t have $75 on me, but I gave her the $20 I did have. She said, “Thank you,” and went back to her table.

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Bible Verses about Being Kind to Others

I opened my book on Joshua, and while I was reading, I felt the Holy Spirit press upon me that He wanted me to pay for her hotel room that night. I’m thinking, how? Brushing off the impression, I kept reading.

Then I came across this statement in my book, “In everyone’s life, and in every community, there is someone who needs us to help them.”

Nudging me again, the Lord was not letting this go!  

I gave God all kinds of excuses and continued to read about Rahab in Joshua Chapter 2; then like a bright light, the following words from the study guide lanced right through my heart: “There is a ‘Rahab’ in every community who needs someone to point them to Jesus.”

I stopped.

Glancing up at the woman, I realized she was my ‘Rahab.’ She needed someone to touch her with God’s kindness.

As I leaned into the Holy Spirit’s prompting, He began to unravel the plan before me. I could get her name, and call the Sleep Inn, pay for her a room that night with my credit card and pay the card off the following month.

I was about to get everything ready when I noticed the woman sheepishly walk up and order herself food with the money I gave her.

She came by my table, with her head down, carrying a hot meal, and said she was so sorry for using the money for food instead of her hotel; she went on to share how hungry she was.

My heart sunk!

I no longer was moved by obedience to God; suddenly, compassion was the driving force.

I told her to eat and not to worry about spending the money. I also told her that I wanted to pay for her a hotel that night.

Relief filled her eyes.  

After getting her name, which was Marylyn, I called Sleep Inn and arranged for her night’s stay that evening. While making the call, I overheard her praying, thanking God for her food and for the money that He gave her. And the Spirit reminded me of Matthew 5:13-16:

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16 ESV

Marylyn needed a long-term solution to her problem. I didn’t have that solution, but what I did have I gave her.

I made sure she had food, a place to sleep; a place to wash up and eat a hot morning breakfast; she could have one day of rest and security. And lastly, she had a firm promise from me to pray for her.

This woman needed a touch of God’s kindness; I’m glad I changed course and chose to be there for her. That day, God was calling me to be a tangible light in her world. This resulted in God getting glory and praise!

As it turns out, I didn’t get that alone time I desperately needed. After that whole ordeal was over, my friend showed up for our meeting; however, rather than refueling with solitude, I was filled with something much better – the Holy Spirit’s concern for someone else’s happiness. 

A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.

Proverbs 11:17 ESV

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 19:17 ESV

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:10 ESV

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18 ESV 

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

1 John 3:17 ESV

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:10 ESV

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Romans 12:15 ESV
John 3:18 bible verse

Bible Verses about Kindness and Compassion

The opportunities to be kind in this world are unlimited! We must be intentional and ready to act. We need to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading in our life.

Jesus is our greatest model for this. He teaches us that kindness is compassionate.  

We see over and over in scripture where Jesus moved with compassion. He felt it; He embodied it; and in every circumstance where compassion was present, He acted in kindness.

Would you agree that it’s hard to be kind to others when we are tired, hungry, and suffering from a loss? In times like these, our humanness tends to turn inward. But Jesus did not allow His humanness to keep Him from caring.

Instead of leaning into his flesh, He leaned into His compassion for the hurting people around him. We must move in sync with the movement of Jesus.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

1 Peter 3:8 ESV

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Psalm 103:13 ESV

“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Isaiah 54:10 ESV

Bible Verses about God’s Love and Kindness

Interestingly, kindness is not just helpful to others; it’s useful to our health, and even more importantly, it’s attractive.  

Note what David R. Hamilton says in his article, “The 5 Side Effects of Kindness”:

“Acts of kindness create an emotional warmth, which releases a hormone known as oxytocin…Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure and, therefore, oxytocin is known as a “cardioprotective” hormone. It protects the heart by lowering blood pressure.”

David R. Hamilton

This article goes on to give other examples of how acts of kindness can slow aging, lessens anxiety, and makes one a happier human being. It also notes that kindness is attractive.

Kindness can literally change everything.

It is not God’s wrath that draws people to Him; it is His love and kindness.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

Jeremiah 31:3 ESV

The word “drawn” in this verse means “to attract.” Kindness opens the door for relationship. The Bible is filled with Bible verses about kindness and the love and kindness of God.

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,

Titus 3:4 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 ESV

For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 117:2 ESV

Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.

Isaiah 49:15-16 ESV

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 ESV

In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.

Isaiah 54:8 ESV

What does the Bible Say about Generosity?

One of the reasons I married my husband is because he was kind. Having a sister with Down Syndrome, Dan has a special place in his heart for those with disability.

While dating, I will never forget the day we went to Kings Dominion. It was here that I determined I wanted to be with him for the rest of my life.

We were standing in line to get a drink. A young boy with Down Syndrome stood behind us. Dan first let the young boy go in front of us, and then he started to talk to him. He was encouraging him; joking with him, laughing, and genuinely showing this boy acceptance and value.

Do you know what I was doing? I was standing there watching this happen before my eyes and thinking, “Dan, you are the sexiest man on earth!”

His kindness and generosity drew me closer to him. He was always helping people, always serving; it was so attractive; I fell in love with this character quality in him. And he has never changed – one of the many reasons he makes a wonderful ministry partner!  

The same is true for you. God’s kindness working through you draws people toward you and allows you to share the love of Christ with them.  

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

Colossians 3:12 ESV

The Bible is filled with powerful Bible verses about kindness and compassion. As believers we are to walk that road of kindness to point others back to Jesus.

I ask you, who is your ‘Rahab?’ Find her; be attentive to the strangers in your midst, and then show them one act of kindness. You will feel great, and so will they!

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A Little More About Marcie

Marcie Cramsey is a Children’s Minister, blogger, Family Life Coach, and author of Deep & Wide: Raising Children Deep in Jesus and Wide in Influence. She loves to talk and write about family, God, His love, and the full life we can find in His Son, Jesus. She has been married for 33 years to her best friend and partner in ministry, Dan. They are parents to four children, one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law and grandparents to a sweet granddaughter. They live in Va., loving life, and serving their community!

Marcie would love to connect with you! You can reach her through The Family Rock.

26 Comments

  • DONNA MILLER

    My hubby is exactly the same way, very servant hearted and happy to be so. Love this post. So sweet and made me smile. Jesus was filled with so much compassion for people and He was our great example. Thank you again.

  • Susan Evans

    Wow, I love this story! I wish more Christians would be open to being a blessing to others like you were. Some day I would love to have a large house where people could come to stay to get their lives back on track.

    • RachaelBelle

      That sounds like a lovely goal! I have a very similar dream. I’m actually working on a Kindness Challenge that has to do with showing hospitality in our homes!

    • Marcie Cramsey

      Susan, that’s a wonderful idea! We have actually been that family in the past. We have had many teens stay at our house for a season, helping them get their footing in the world. During a severe snowstorm, we had a family of eleven live with us for over a month because they lost electricity and therefore could not cook, or stay warm. It was interesting. But such a blessing to serve! 🙂

  • Nancy E. Head

    Somewhere along the line, we seem to have replaced Christianity with just understanding theology–instead of living out our faith in the community. Great post! God bless!

  • Jessica Brodie

    This inspires me so much. To me, the most beautiful reflection of God’s love comes in the unexpected kindnesses of strangers. Thank you for this… I got goosebumps reading it!

  • Karen Friday

    Marcie, this is beautiful and vulnerable in so many ways. I love how God changed your plans and your mind for your “Rahab” that day. What we often don’t realize is how kindness can change someone’s life one day at a time. I hope and pray Marilyn gets the long term help she needs. And I pray for more “Marcies” … more kindness ambassadors to those who desperately need compassion …those who are often sent as divine appointments. We just need to listen to those promptings by the Holy Spirit. Thanks for this story of compassion.

    • Marcie Cramsey

      Aw, you’re so sweet, Karen. I pray for more people to be attentive to those around them. I so need the Holy Spirit to guide me, but I also need to keep in step with Him. His power and His love propel me to serve with a heart like Jesus. That day was indeed a divine appointment that I had no idea was set for me and Marilyn. I still pray for her often.

  • Emily | To Unearth

    What an amazing reminder to obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit! I will never forget a time when I had an opportunity to share God’s kindness, but instead of leaning into the Spirit, I leaned into my flesh. I’m ashamed of that moment, but it drives me forward to remember obedience and kindness is better than giving into the fear of awkwardness and the selfishness of comfort!

    • Marcie Cramsey

      We all have those moments when we give in to our flesh and look back and wish we did things differently. The key is to learn from them and to do a new thing when the next opportunity comes. Thank you for sharing your heart, Emily! 🙂