Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, April 9th, 2018
Love... Is Kind
Love is kind.
1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)
Be kind to each other, tenderhearted...
Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness...
Colossians 3:12 (NASB)
If love is the opposite of hate, then kindness is the opposite of hostility or disregard.

Kindness is more than a polite answer. It's a genuine desire to make someone else's day brighter... especially when that person seems stressed, sad, shy, lonely or needy.

It's asking a newcomer to lunch; it's bringing supper to the sick; it's visiting the confined; it's writing a thank-you note; it's stopping to change a tire; it's standing up for someone down; it's treating a server with respect; it's smiling with warmth in your eyes.

My pastor (George Dillard)* tells a story of his door-to-door visits decades ago as a young preacher. One day he met a very angry man who cursed him off the porch. George remained kind and apologetic.

Over time, the very angry man became a quiet church man. He confessed he was sitting at home with a gun in his hand when my preacher knocked.

George's kindness in the face of hostility made the angry man think: 'Hmm. Maybe there's one nice guy in the world.'

Lives are saved through lovingkindness.

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Is Kind (Part 10)

* Peachtree City Christian Church:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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