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Love Is?

20170112_153645So 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.

AMPLIFIED BIBLE.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-3

Corinthians continues:

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

Blessings Narelle

 

 

 

 

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Over 50 heading to the 60 mark! Loving and living life in all of its craziness and fun. A believer in Jesus Christ as my Lover, Healer, Deliverer and Friend as well as Saviour of the World - My world in particular! Wondering what journeys are coming my way.

4 thoughts on “Love Is?

  1. Thanks, Narelle! I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments about love and agree there is no wisdom greater than kindness.

    That said, I see teasing quite differently. There is a place for teasing, I think, provided that it is rooted in love. Love-based teasing can be like mother-of-pearl covering a potentially harmful and intrusive element and, in so doing, form something quite precious. Some years ago, for reasons I can now barely recall, while driving with my wife and son in a very busy city centre, I made several mistakes which culminated in me getting very distraught, stopping the car, getting out and running off. A moment of madness! At the time this felt like an act of such great stupidity that I felt I might never regain the confidence of my family again! Yet now from time to time, it comes up in conversation and I am teased about it with such a sense of fun that any shame I may have felt is completely vanquished. It is a folly that is now so covered with such affection that it has earned a fond place in the landscape of our family’s collective soul. Like any powerful thing, teasing must be handled with love or it can cause damage and yet in certain situations, it is without peer!
    Just a thought! Admittedly, quite a long one!

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