After a 6 month break and major crazy life chaos, I am returning to my challenge to help myself – and hopefully you – learn to love like the bible commands in I Corinthians 13. I urge you to reread my January post On Love and Relationships. I had to reread it myself.
In the first post, I challenged us to pray for God to show us ways to show patience to our loved ones. I must admit, that though I daily feel like I am failing, as I look back I see overall progress. I feel as though I am I offering my children more grace when they frustrate me, hurrying them less and in general losing my temper less. If you have been working on patience in relation to the I Corinthians model of love, please comment below on your successes. Encourage one another, you may well find it encourages you.
After “Love is patient”, we find that “Love is kind.” What does that mean? I honestly can’t say I know. Today’s challenge is to seek God in how He wants us to show kindness to the person you have challenged yourself to show more love toward. (If you feel lost, you really want to read or reread the previous article. Go to the Archive button in the left column and click January.)
According to an online dictionary, the following are synonyms for kindness: benignity, benevolence, humanity, generosity, charity, sympathy, compassion, tenderness, good turn. A person who is kind is described as being of a good or benevolent nature or disposition. Reading the synonyms still didn’t help me a lot, so I looked up the antonyms. The opposite of kindness is malevolence or cruelty. Malevolence is defined as hatred. So the opposite of kindness is essentially hatred.