I Corinthians 13-4-7 4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
In addition to being patient, love is also kind. Being kind is showing compassion, being thoughtful, caring, sympathetic, nice and gentle, but it is also NOT harsh, unpleasant or likely to have destructive effects. Again, we can look at the kindness our Father has shown us as an example of the kindness we should show other people. Psalm 117:2 says 2For His mercy and loving-kindness are great toward us, and the truth and faithfulness of the Lord endure forever. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Titus 3:4-5 also tells us 4But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Savior to man [as man] appeared, 5He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
God showed us the ultimate kindness when He gave us His Son. His kindness is great toward us, so our kindness should be great toward others. Like it says in Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; How can we show kindness to others around us? I always think of the RASK campaign, several years back- Random Acts of Senseless Kindness. I think we should bring that back, but call it PACK- Premeditated Acts of Conscious Kindness. We should wake up each day, planning to show kindness to not only those that we know, but also those who we don’t. In the grocery store parking lot as you are taking your shopping cart back, offer to take the lady next to you’s cart too. As you’re getting your morning coffee at the Dunkin Donuts drivethru, pay for the person in the car behind you. Write your mother a note, just letting her know you appreciate her for everything she has done for you. Call your cousin and tell him you were just thinking of him and that you love him and hope he has a great day. Make dinner for the family next door, just because. Just like God, these acts of kindness should be done, not because of what others have done to or for us, but just because of our realization of the mercy and love that was shown toward us. Get PACKing!
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