Love is kind

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is… kind

There are some people who could just make you cringe with the way they treat those they claim to love.  Insults, vulgarities, and general mean-spiritedness define these relationships.  Could this really be love?  Is it even possible that these people who treat each other worse than enemies have anything even resembling love for each other?  You know the people…you’ve seen them out in public, they’re the couple at the dinner party that everyone else is sort of embarrassed for.

Love is so much more than just the way we feel about each other.  The way we treat each other, however, is a reflection of what our true view is of those we “love”.  It’s not possible to love someone in the true definition of the word and treat them with contempt or unkindness.  When you love someone, you want to be kind to them.  You want to treat them as though they are important and worthy of respect.  There’s no room for intentionally hurting feelings, manipulation, or making them feel worthless.

Love is kind and our example is Jesus.  The only perfect man to ever walk the earth treated His loved ones with the utmost kindness and respect.  He expects us to do the same, not just for those we love, but for those He loves.