We learned yesterday that love is patient, but now Paul says to the Corinthians who need a lesson on love, that love is not only patient, but it is also kind too.
First, let’s look at kind. Kind is chrēsteúomai χρηστεύομαι (khraste-yoo’-om-ahee ) = useful, gracious, kind and is related in turn to chráomai = to furnish what is needed) means to provide something beneficial for someone as an act of kindness.
It’s not enough to refrain from retaliation and saying, you know what, I don’t like you, I’m better off if I just stay clear of you.
Paul says no, no, no, love is kind.
As we learned above, the root of this word kind is useful. It means that love does beneficial things for other people, even those who have wronged you. Love does not delight in the hurt and neglect of the person that wronged you.
Love reaches out in kindness to that one who hurt you.
Paul in Ephesians 4:32… Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Paul says, if you love them you’ll do helpful deeds for them. You’ll be alert to their needs. It might be a note of encouragement or doing something kind for them. In other words, love doesn’t avoid people who have hurt you. It makes an extra effort to be kind to them.
Paul often uses the noun kindness in his epistles, look at the fruit of the Spirit. After placing love as the first fruit, then comes patience and kindness Galatians 5:22.
I’ll close with Paul again in Colossians 3:12-14…
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
No matter what happens, kind people treat others with respect and compassion, just as God treats us in that same way!
Someone once said…
Kindness is love in action.