I just love this Series that Marsha from Marsha's Musings is doing on Pursuing L♥ve! This week we are sharing Love is Kind
kind1 [kahynd] Show IPA –adjective, -er, -est. 1. of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person. 2. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words. 3. indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often fol. by to): to be kind to animals. 4. mild; gentle; clement: kind weather. 5. British Dialect. loving; affectionate.
Synonyms: 1. mild, benign, benignant, gentle, tender, compassionate. Kind, gracious, kindhearted, kindly imply a sympathetic attitude toward others, and a willingness to do good or give pleasure. Kind implies a deep-seated characteristic shown either habitually or on occasion by considerate behavior: a kind father. Gracious often refers to kindness from a superior or older person to a subordinate, an inferior, a child, etc.: a gracious monarch. Kindhearted implies an emotionally sympathetic nature, sometimes easily imposed upon: a kindhearted old woman. Kindly, a mild word, refers usually to general disposition, appearance, manner, etc.: a kindly face.
I just had to throw the one and only antonym in there! After all those synonyms, you would think that there would be at least a few antonyms ~ NOPE .... There is only 1 and it's a biggie! It should be easy for us to say ~ NO I am NOT CRUEL!! But we are or at least I am or can be.
In Proverbs (11:16) we learn "A kindhearted woman gains respect" (12:25) " A kind word cheers you up" Also, If we are kind to the poor it honors the Lord Proverbs 14:31
Yes, I can say I am an encourager, I have been known to help the needy but I have learned most it is how we act in our own homes and behind all the closed doors that matters the most. I will never forget hearing the speaker at a conference share about having a fight with their husband and someone knocked on the door and it happened to be their pastor. They both went from screaming at each other to puting on smiling faces with a kind tone and asked him in. He had heard the yelling and clearing his throat asked "Well, I don't want to interrupt ~ is everything ok?" The wife just smiled and said "OH YES, we are GREAT! So glad you came by!" LOL Yes, it is funny but isn't it so very true! We can treat our husbands and children one way but when we are in public or certainly at church we can be known to put on a whole new face. I want to be the same woman no matter where I am but I especially want my children to see an authentic woman of God. A woman who is Kind and loving no matter where I am. I have learned the only way to do this is to seek the help of the ONE who is truly Kind! The only example of kindness that is true and holy ~ JESUS. I know that with HIM I can do ALL things and when I don't, I praise and thank HIM for GRACE and MERCY!
Please go join in with Marsha and share how you are pursuing love here