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What is love? If you search the internet for answers to that question you’ll find all kinds of thoughts. Some silly, some profound, some not worth repeating.
This week the podcast is focused on the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Listen to verses 4 and 5, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (NIV) Notice that the passage contains positive descriptions, like “love is patient.” It also includes negative descriptions – in other words things which are not love. This week we’re looking at the positive descriptions. Today, we’re looking at “love is kind.”
The word kind indicates something that is pleasant. It doesn’t rub people the wrong way. It is generous. If you want an example of kindness, you might look at the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Recently they held a community service event. Church members made and delivered over 100 meals to shut-ins and the homeless. They built a wheelchair ramp, cleaned up trash, made stuffed toys for children at the hospital – all while giving away gift cards for groceries and gas. 30 different service projects were completed.* That sounds like kindness to me.
Our challenge today is to focus on being kind to others. Be pleasant, be generous, for this is love.
*Diana Davis, “Jonesboro church spreads kindness across the community,” Jonesboro KAIT, October 10, 2022, MSN, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/jonesboro-church-spreads-kindness-across-the-community/ar-AA12NhXE
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