Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And is Kind

Charity suffereth long, and is kind;

We all desire affectionate, *benevolent, sympathetic and gentle treatment from others... We would say such a person was, oh so kind!

If we are going to treat others as we ourselves desire to be treated then we must learn how to be and embody kindness.

If we are kind, we will not cause others trouble (or, if we do, we'll quickly and genuinely seek forgiveness and reconciliation).

Kindness will liberally devise good things to do for others, holding nothing back. It will listen with care and concern, weeping with those who weep, rejoicing with those who rejoice; never critically or with malice, envy, or maliciousness. (Sympathetic should probably be taken to the next level word, empathetic.) There will be no harshness, violence or forcefulness shown in word or manner. It will show an amiable spirit of pleasant good-naturedness (<That isn't a word). Doesn't that sound beautiful?!

The proverbs 31 woman is said to have "the law of kindness in her tongue" and what a comfort such a woman would be! A good and faithful man with a kind tongue would truly and rightly be called a prince.

*Benevolence is a disposition of doing good for others, generosity or being filled with goodwill toward others.

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