“No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.” (Genesis 33:10 NIV)
Prior to his encounter with his older brother Esau, Jacob had encountered God face to face and his life was spared (very unusual of those who saw God). As a result, Jacob named the place Peniel meaning, “face of God” saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared” (Genesis 32:30). When Jacob met Esau and Esau received him favourably instead of killing him for stealing his birthright and blessing, Jacob said to him, “For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.” Esau had done what God had done in His meeting with Jacob. For you see, when we treat others the way God does, we reflect Him.
To behold the kindness of others is to behold the face of God.