As I was sitting with the Lord this morning, a couple of words came to mind that describe Him in an interesting combination…
“He is mighty and kind!”
I don’t know about you, but I usually don’t think of those two descriptive words together, do you? I don’t usually place them together.
They are both so true about Jesus, and He is both of these things, but I find it interesting, this combination of qualities put together in one sentence.
Makes me want to dig into it a little more this morning. (So much for that “last day of the year” kind of post about goals and such! Ha!)
I know of the things that I think of when I hear the word “mighty”… and I do associate it with good things, of course, but when I think of the word “mighty” I think of power, I think of strength, I think of a fierceness and someone to be feared and respected.
Here is more behind the meaning of the word “mighty”…
1. Possessing might; having great power or authority.
2. Accomplished by might; hence, extraordinary; wonderful.
3. Denoting and extraordinary degree or quality in respect of size, character, importance, consequences, etc.
4. A warrior of great force and courage.
fearsome, ferocious; tough, robust, muscular, strapping
“a mighty warrior”, dominant, influential, strong, powerful, important, predominant, powerful, violent, vigorous, hefty, thunderous “a mighty blow”, huge, enormous, massive, gigantic, big, large, immense
5. (adv.) In a great degree; very.
-extremely, exceedingly, enormously, immensely, tremendously, hugely, mightily, very (much), majorly, mega
“For He who is mighty has done great things for me. Holy is His name.”
And here is the deeper meaning to the word “kind”,
1. having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature.
kindly, good-natured, kindhearted, warmhearted, caring, affectionate, loving, warm; considerate, helpful, thoughtful, unselfish, selfless, good, attentive; compassionate, sympathetic, understanding, big-hearted, benevolent, friendly, neighborly, hospitable, well meaning
Ephesians 2:7-8 says,
“In order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—”
When I look at these two words together… wow.
He is MIGHTY, and yet He is kind. Power and heart. Fearsome and tender.
He will ferociously tear down a wall and He will wipe a tear.
He is “mightily kind.” Kind in a mighty way. He shows us a “mighty kindness” –He is “mighty and kind”. I love that.
What a beautiful combination.