Chesed חֶ֥סֶד: Mercy, Grace, Lovingkindness
Updated: Mar 16
Chesed (pronounced "hesed") is a beautiful word, used over 240 times in scripture. It is often translated as "steadfast love," "mercy," "grace," or "lovingkindness." But none of these words come anywhere close to the true meaning of chesed. We do not have an adequate word for it in our English language.
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love [chesed] shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed Isaiah 54:10 ESV
Chesed is love that goes above and beyond the call of duty. It is undeserved extravagant kindness--a lavish excess of giving. It goes far beyond what anyone deserves, regardless of whether they return than love or not.
Chesed is often paired with "covenant"--a very special binding relationship such as marriage. It is seen in generosity, loyalty, faithfulness, devotion, empathy, compassion... just to name a few.
Yeshua has chesed love for you! He showed it by providing everything you need for life and godliness (1 Peter). He paid your great debt even while you were still a sinner and continues to love you even when you don't love him in return. You can trust in his great chesed love!
Thank you, Yeshua, for your chesed love for me! Help me to return this extravagant love back to you. Show me how to love others like you do. Thank you for loving me even when I do not deserve it!