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Love is Kind

What is love?


Love is the greatest of all virtues, and the evidence we really belong to Jesus: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).


Since love is the preeminent virtue, let’s give ourselves a biblical “love” test.  We’ll look closely at the words and phrases in the Bible where the only definition of love is found. 


The second word used to describe love is “kind.”


Kind love focuses on the other.  It seeks the highest good for the beloved and is willing to sacrifice self for the betterment of the other.


Kind love is sensitive in a good way.  It feels empathy and compassion for others.  Serving is a synonym for kind love. 


Are we kind to others the way God has been kind to us?


How are you doing with the second part of God’s love test?  Are you kind?  Warm?  Caring?


Before you answer, just remember: Being inconsiderate is the opposite of love.  When we are harsh, indifferent, or unsympathetic, we exhibit the opposite of kind love. 


I think now you are ready to answer.


“Love is kind…”

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