This week I felt like it was appropriate to combine these two mandates of love from 1 Corinthians 13, as they really go hand in hand. I find that kindness is often fueled by patience. I believe loving patience always leads to loving kindness. The takeaway for the whole series is this, in this messed up world, "I don’t always know what to believe, but I am never confused about what God’s love requires of me." Likewise, I am not always sure what the truth is, but I am never confused about Who is the truth! Love is the rule, and if love is the rule, it means other people are the focus. If other people are the focus, then our gifts and talents must be exercised in ways that benefit other people. I think one of the most detrimental phrases in our language is the phrase "Random Acts of Kindness.” It makes it acceptable for kindness to be random. I believe we are in a season in our community that needs intentional acts of kindness, driven by our patience for people who are on the edge. When it comes to biblical patience and kindness, it can’t wait. DO IT NOW! Be kind now, be patient now, show mercy now, love extravagantly now! Smile and be nice, you might be shocked at the impact it could have. Join us Sunday as we dig deeper into what love looks like.
Sunday Scripture: James 5:7-9 and Colossians 3:12-14