Love is kind DAY 2
Updated: Mar 31, 2020
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoiceswith the truth. 7 It always protects, always
trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
As I awoke to some grim, winter weather I was reminded of the seasons. With anything in life, things come and go. Seasons change. And yet in the midst of a tough time we tend to wish it away and long for better days. When Paul is speaking to us from the Book of Corinthians, he is reminding us of the greatest love of all. A love that moved the heart of a loving Father to send his only Son into our broken world. A life that paid the highest price. In a world where we have so many definitions of love, it is good to reach back into the Holy Scriptures and see not only a definition of true love, but also what it practically means. A love for every season of the soul.
love is kind…
Real kindness isn’t a manipulative effort to get what we want. Instead, it’s giving something without the hope of a reward. God loves us and blesses us continually, though there’s nothing we could ever give back to Him. He doesn’t need anything, but He still shows kindness—even to those who refuse to love Him back (Matthew 5:45).
For us, our kindness comes through when we give up what rightfully belongs to us because our love for someone trumps what we think is “fair.” We put aside our claims and expectations because we’re more interested in what’s good for someone else—even if they don’t deserve it. In a time where all our so-called rights have been stripped from us, we are all faced with the selfishness within and therefore we can embrace this time to learn kindness.
Men, this might mean to speak a little softer with your wife, to be gentler on your children. It might be offering to go and buy some food for a neighbour that is struggling financially more than you. It might be picking up the phone and calling that friend or family member that you’ve had the feud with so long and make amends.
God shows us exactly what this kindness looks like:
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of
righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”
The world can do with a little kindness and what better time to show it than right now?
Stay safe and stand strong.