Christian Love Is Kind
Today we present the kindness of God’s love as another of the many examples of Christian love. We briefly introduced the subject, “Love is Kind,” in a prior post (What-is-Love) that addressed Paul’s dissertation on the subject of love taken from the First Letter to the Corinthians.
The purpose of these publications about love is to assist anyone who is seeking to become more like their savior Jesus Christ.
Our approach is to communicate that the life and words of Jesus are the perfect model of what we hope to become. Our expectation is that the reader will contrast their own words and actions to those of Jesus and make an effort to discover where they fall short of the mark. Once shortcomings are identified then the reader can seek the assistance of the Holy Spirit to help them in moving closer to the perfection of the examples that Jesus left us.
We recommended that every person in ministry reflect upon their worthiness to serve by first studying these examples of Christian love. With this said, let’s proceed with, “Love is Kind.”
As we indicated previously in our post on Love Suffers Long (Love-Suffers-Long), kindness is also a reflection of God’s love for us. God’s desire for us is that we have the things that we need. His kindness is demonstrated in His provision of them. In the example of the prodigal son (Love-Suffers-Long), the love of the Father is manifest in compassion, hugs and kisses. In addition, the son’s confession brought no anger or punishment but rather a robe, sandals, a ring and a great celebration for all.
Jesus demonstrated kindness throughout His ministry. One example is provided below. This scripture reflects the love and compassion of Jesus for the multitude that had followed Him into the wilderness:
Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii’s worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many? Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. (John 6:5 – 13)
When reading this passage we must ask ourselves, is this how I act? Am I ready and willing to give to those who are less fortunate that I. Do I have compassion on those who are hurting? Am I generous to the people who follow me in ministry or do I take them for granted? Am I ready and willing to pray that the hand of God be applied to their situation? Am I ready to demonstrate my faith in God before the people as Jesus did? The bottom line here is that love is manifest in the kindness that provides good things to the people that we come in contact with every day.
We have presented a number of posting that address the principles of Christian Love. Each of them is reinforced by examples taken from the life and words of Jesus. The following list of hyperlinks is provided to help those interested in reading these other postings. Clicking on any of the links below will transfer you to the posting of your choice:
Read the truly amazing life story about how the forces of good and evil battle over a man and the vision that God gives him. Joseph W. Gordon’s Possess the Vision (Xulon Press, $12.95, 140 pages, ISBN 1-59781-205-6) tells about the mysterious spiritual experiences that occur throughout his lifetime.