So no real comments on my last blog which is interesting! If I was to blog about something trivial maybe I would see results but to blog about something as important as love is in our lives – well…
Let’s see where this next blog takes us
Remember we are looking at just what Love is. It should be the measure stick of ALL we do in life.
1 Corinthians 13: 1-3
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Love is kind!
Kind is described in the dictionary as: Having or showing a friendly, generous and considerate nature, affectionate, loving
I didn’t grow up in a household where people were often kind to each other. My mother was a kind person at times but even she had her moments when unkind remarks would spark out. But kind means being friendly, generous, considerate – this took a long time for me to really see this evident in a family situation.
We stayed with a family one time, who were the epitome of kindness towards each other. They were polite to each other and encouraged one another always. There was such sweetness about it I almost found it hard to bear. I just wasn’t used to people being that kind to each other. It was a great lesson.
I don’t mean that within my own family we were deliberately unkind but I don’t think we were deliberately kind either.
In my family of origin there was a lot of teasing which I hated because I was usually the butt of the jokes. There was one time when I was a toddler my brother who was six years older than me stuck me in the middle of a toad ring, in the dark! Not a kind thing to do. I have forgiven him since!
Teasing, sarcasm, belittling, mocking, gossiping, these are all areas all of us have participated in some time or another, but we can do better. Putting these things off deliberately to focus on being kind to one another is another challenge of love but it is a great example of what walking in love toward one another looks like.
Being congruent though means we have to be as kind to each other within the home as we are with people we meet casually. Being kind to a stranger can sometimes be a lot easier than a brother or sister or parent or the in-laws. But if we can’t be kind to them we are not walking in love – remember we are nothing but a noisy gong or cymbal – sharp and annoying.
I will never forget the times of my mum’s kindness, and gentleness and I trust that I can be an example of kindness in every area of my life to those I love and those I have yet to meet.
Until next time put Love in to practice