BENEVOLENCE

Benevolence – “the disposition to do good and give to others basic needs to promote their happiness without having personal reward as my motive.” The love of benevolence is the quality of good will toward others and the New Testament is full with references of God’s good will to all humanity even in our fallen sinful state. God has absolutely no malice in His purity, no maliciousness in His actions, and God does not delight in the death of the wicked. His judgments upon evil are rooted in His righteousness, not in some distorted malice in His character. Like an earthly judge weeps when he sends the guilty for punishment, God rejoices in the justness of it but gets no joy from the pain of those justly punished. God’s love and benevolence extends to all people with respect of persons. To practice benevolence in life like God, one must harbor ill toward no one and do good to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation. Benevolence extends to all people without distinction. A benevolent person likes to help people, desires to meet the needs of others, and does not have a personal motive for reward or fame in return for a kindness done. (Galatians 6:10), “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men…”

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