G1 The Hebrew word is חֶסֶד cheçed. It means goodness, kindness, faithfulness. This is the way He is. He does not deviate from it. All God’s doings and decisions are based on love and wisdom.
G2 The Greek word is χρηστότης chrēstótēs. It means moral goodness and kindness.
F2 Bible verse
G1 Nehemiah 9:17 NASB They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them.
G2 Romans 2:4 CSB Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
G3 Compare: Ephesians 4:31-32 CSB Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
G4 God is even kind to His enemies with hopes that they will repent. Judgment will still happen to them, if they do not repent: Luke 6:35 CSB But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High. For he is gracious to the ungrateful and evil.
G1 From the Expositor’s Bible on Psalm 130:3-4: The word rendered “forgiveness” is a late form, being found only in two other late passages (Nehemiah 9:17; Daniel 9:9). It literally means cutting off, and so suggests the merciful surgery by which the cancerous tumour is taken out of the soul. (Forgiveness is an act of kindness).
G2 Genesis 24:27 NIV saying, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master [Abraham—editor]. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”
E11 Knowledge (things in common with humanity) See below on omniscience.
F1 The ability to know
F2 The ability to remember
G1 English having or showing patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people. (Source)
G2 A Hebrew word is אָרֵךְ ʼârêk. It means long as long-feathered, so in application, it has the idea of longsuffering, slow (to anger), patience, etc.
H1 Nehemiah 9:17 CSB They refused to listen and did not remember your wonders you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love, and you did not abandon them. [Emphasis is mine].
H2 When applied to God, this verse becomes awesome. When applied to humans, it is a great blessing. Proverbs 16:32 NRSV One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city. [Emphasis is mine].
H3 One of God’s purposes for being longsuffering and slow to anger, is for people to repent and put their trust in God. Jonah 4:2 NIV He prayed to the LORD, “Isn’t this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.
G3 The Greek word is μακροθυμέω makrothyméō. It means long similarly to the Hebrew word.
H1 An example: Matthew 18:25-26 NIV Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’
H2 An important component of love: 1 Corinthians 13:4 WEL Love is very patient and kind; love is not envious; love doesn’t brag about itself, is not haughty,
H3 God’s longsuffering is why He waits and keeps wooing those who have not trusted in His son Jesus: 2 Peter 3:9 CSB The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
F2 God’s longsuffering is evidently relating to His love.
E13 Love (from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a) Love is a choice, not necessarily an emotion. The passages in 1 Corinthians are the actions of love. This is the love God has. What about the love we have?
F1 Love is very patient
F3 Not envious
F4 Doesn’t brag about itself
F5 Is not haughty
F6 Doesn’t behave improperly
F7 Is not self-seeking
F8 Isn’t easily aggravated
F9 Doesn’t keep a list of wrongs
F10 Doesn’t rejoice in injustice
F11 Rejoices in the truth
F12 Bears all things
F13 Believes all things
F14 Hopes all things
F15 Calmly endures all things
F16 Love never ends
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