For the first two weeks of February, EmpowerMoments will be doing a series entitled Love Is. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV) We pray that you are EMPOWERED, enlightened, and blessed as our writers share what Love Is based on God’s Word!
Recently upon exiting the grocery store, I noticed a lanky young man standing near the entrance/exit. He was wearing a thin jacket or and jeans, and I think he had on a hat but no gloves. He looked as if he was either waiting on a ride or possibly waiting in the store until the bus came. Outside, it was snowing and very, very cold. I could see he was cold and I felt empathetic towards the young man. I thought if I am cold with what I am wearing, surely he is cold with what he isn’t wearing. He was not dressed warm at all; he had on no layers of clothing. I immediately wanted to help him in some kind of way. I pulled out my black gloves, one of the few pair I keep on me, and gave them to him. He gratefully took them with no problem and I was relieved that at least I could help keep his hands warm. Nonetheless, I prayed that God would keep him completely warm as I finally exited the sliding doors.
Whether someone blesses you with a night off from preparing dinner for your family (see Better TO GIVE Than TO RECEIVE), blesses you with the money to meet a financial need, blesses you with money for a new coat like I was blessed with or blesses you with encouragement to make it through a lonely or hard time, love is showing itself by its kindness. Whether you bless a shelter with barely used clothes, bless someone with a smile and a warm hello, bless someone by babysitting her child so they can get some rest or bless someone who doesn’t have transportation with a ride to church, you too are showing that love is kind.
If love and mercy had a child, it would be kind. Being kind is showing sympathy or understanding, being considerate, agreeable, generous, beneficial and charitable. However, kindness is more than just doing nice things for people; it is BEING kind no matter what. We are to be kind even to the people who talk about us, look at us sideways, and get on our nerves. I’m not saying be naïve or gullible, or even let people abuse you, but remember that kind is a characteristic of God and kindness is one of the fruit of the Spirit. “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. (Luke 6:27-29 NIV) So as daughters of the Only Wise God and King of kings, we are to exude His character and become more like His Son every day.
Thank You for Your loving kindness. Thank You for being mindful of me and genuinely concerned and compassionate towards me. Show me how to continually and genuinely exude Your love, mercy and kindness to others. Give me the grace to be kind no matter what the situation or how a person is before me. Daddy, please also give me the discernment to know when and how to show your kindness to others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to be K.I.N.D (Keenly aware of others needs, Integritous, Nice and Devoted to God). Show God’s unfailing love every day. Someone needs your smile, your hug, your attention, your prayer, your help, your extra pair of gloves, or that spare coat you haven’t worn in a while. Most important, they need to know that the Lord loves them and He died on the cross to save them and have eternal fellowship with them.
Find ways to demonstrate God’s love to others every day. Please visit http://www.volunteermatch.org if you are interested in finding opportunities to volunteer with nonprofits.
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”