Kindness

Kindness

Today’s Scripture Selection: First Corinthians 13:4

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

Be kind.

It sounds so simple; so straightforward; even “easy” perhaps.

But is it?

Sometimes we are (or think we are) too tired or angry or rushed or (insert your own reason here) to do it.

Sometimes, oddly enough, we forget to be kind to those closest to us – the ones we profess to love.

Sometimes we simply don’t care enough at the time to take that one, small, extra step toward kindness.

Or at least I find that to be the case.

But Scripture makes it clear that kindness is a big part of what love is all about.  Love, that is, as an action – and not just a “sentimental” feeling.

So, the apostle Paul – when writing about spiritual gifts – and especially about “the greatest” one called love – specifically mentioned kindness.

Put in that context, kindness takes on a whole new meaning.  It is so much more than a courtesy; a politeness.

Kindness is linked with things like

  • Devotion
  • Honor
  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Humility
  • Forgiveness
  • Gentleness
  • And, dare I say it, Christ-like-ness.

 

Maybe being kind isn’t such an easy thing to do after all.

But it is what God calls us to do and be; over and over again.

After all, look how kind God has been to us.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your everlasting, loving, kindness.  AMEN.

 

 

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