Undeserved Kindness

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John 1:14 . . So the Word became flesh and resided among us, and we had a
view of his glory, a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son from a father;
and he was full of undeserved kindness and truth.

The Greek word from which "undeserved kindness" is derived is charitos; which
itself is derived from charis (khar'-ece)

"undeserved kindness" isn't a translation of charis/charitos; rather, it's the
Watchtower Society's own opinion of what they think those words ought to mean.
The literal meaning is graciousness.

John Q and Jane Doe Witness are being deprived of viewing some very pleasant
aspects of the only-begotten son's personality by interpreting charis to mean
undeserved kindness because graciousness says some wonderful things about not
only the flesh that the Word became; but also about the Father from whom the
Word came.

Webster's defines "graciousness" as; kind, courteous, inclined to good will,
generous, charitable, merciful, altruistic, compassionate, thoughtful, cordial,
affable, genial, sociable, cheerful, warm, sensitive, considerate, and tactful.

Cordial stresses warmth and heartiness

Affable implies easy approachability and readiness to respond pleasantly to
conversation or requests or proposals

Genial stresses cheerfulness and even joviality

Sociable suggests a genuine liking for the companionship of others

Generous is characterized by a noble or forbearing spirit; viz: magnanimous, kindly,
and liberal in giving

Charitable means full of love for, and goodwill toward, others; viz: benevolent,
tolerant, and lenient.

Altruistic means unselfish regard for, or devotion to, the welfare of others; viz: a
desire to be of service to others for no other reason than it just feels good to do so.

Tactful indicates a keen sense of what to do, or say, in order to maintain good
relations with others in order to resolve and/or avoid unnecessary conflict.

Here's a couple of passages from the NWT where the Society's translation
committee had the academic decency to let charis/charito speak for themselves
instead of butting in to tell people what they think those words ought to mean.

"Keep on teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, praises to God,
spiritual songs with graciousness" (Col 3:16)

"Let your utterance be always with graciousness." (Col 4:6)


NOTE: The claim that the only begotten son is somehow undeserving of kindness is
of course 110% false. Worthiness is in every fiber of Christ's being. (Dan 7:13-14,
Phil 2:8-11, Rev 5:1-14, Rev 19:11)
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