Kind (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Love is patient, love is kind; is not jealous; love does not brag; is not arrogant

1 Corinthians 13:4

And the report card continues. The second area mentioned is kindness. Love is kind. The word translated kind means pretty much that, though it also carries the meaning of mild. Am I kind?

To unpack the term, I need to know that kind means “of a good or benevolent disposition; having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence; considerate or helpful; mild or gentle.” Is my disposition generally good or benevolent? Put another way, the flag of my disposition should most frequently fly towards doing good to those around me.

If I am honest, then I admit that this is not true of me. This is not to say that I am habitually sour or malevolent. I do not actively look for ways to harm my fellow people. However, not actively seeking someone’s harm is not the same thing as actively seeking their good. To not actively seek to harm others could be disinterest, ambivalence, or apathy. To be kind is to actively seek their good. God’s character is such that He actively seeks everyone’s good. Let me be like my God.

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