The kindness of God
Here are 4 verses (NRSV) in the Christian scriptures which mention the kindness of God.
- Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Rom. 2:4
Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity towards those who have fallen, but God’s kindness towards you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. Rom. 11:22
So that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:7
But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, Titus 3:4-6
The kindness of God was brought to my attention by this post of Mike's, Chiasm in Ephesians 2.4-7. I have posted the verses again here, with his arrangement, changing "generosity" to "kindness".
I think this is a case where concordance, translating one Greek word with the same English word can bring into focus a major theme of the scriptures. There are many times where concordance is truly significant, we don't want to lose sight of that.
4 ὁ δὲ θεὸς πλούσιος ὢν ἐν ἐλέει, διὰ τὴν πολλὴν ἀγάπην αὐτοῦ ἣν ἠγάπησεν ἡμᾶς,
 God is rich in mercy because of his abundant love with which he loved us.
5 καὶ ὄντας ἡμᾶς νεκροὺς τοῖς παραπτώμασιν συνεζωοποίησεν τῷ Χριστῷ,
 Although we were dead in our disobedience he has made us alive together through Christ.
χάριτί ἐστε σεσῳσμένοι
You are saved by grace!
6 καὶ συνήγειρεν καὶ συνεκάθισεν ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ,
 God raised and sat us in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus,
7 ἵνα ἐνδείξηται ἐν τοῖς αἰῶσιν τοῖς ἐπερχομένοις τὸ ὑπερβάλλον πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ ἐν χρηστότητι ἐφʼ ἡμᾶς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.
 so that in the coming ages he might show the unsurpassable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
I also feel that more focus on the rhetorical structure of the scriptures might help us to see what God thinks is important. Mike's arrangement of these verses helped bring the meaning to my attention. Here we see that salvation from God is framed by his mercy and kindness. This is the loving kindness of God so abundantly shown to us in the Psalms and the kindness which should also be the basis of our relationships with others.
- As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience NRSV