Living Out Kindness

October 23, 2012

in the generous life

A friend and I were discussing “kindness” and what that might look like. We were both facing confusing or difficult situations and we were brainstorming how to be “kind.” We had a few answers, but decided to spend a while studying kindness and see what else we could learn.

definition of “kind”: of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, showing benevolence, considerate, helpful, gentle (benevolent means expressing goodwill, being charitable, desiring to help)

The definition helps a bit and we will look through scripture too. Here’s one off the top of my head.

But the fruit of the Spirit is… kindness… Galatians 5:22  NAS

It’s certainly something we need to pray for and let God teach us about. It’s something we can grow in and do better with practice. And who better to practice on that our husbands.  :)   I’m thinkin’ our husbands are really going to be in favor of our study and practice time!

What does kindness mean to you and how can you live that out with your husband? When does he need consideration or gentleness? How can you benefit him or do good for him? 

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J (Hot, Holy & Humorous) October 23, 2012 at 5:03 am

I don’t know why, but this post struck me this morning. Sometimes basic kindness is the first thing to go in a marriage. I’ve seen spouses harping at each other all through the grocery store, and then they get up to the check-out counter and treat the store’s employee with all smiles and kindness. Why couldn’t they be kind to their spouse? It takes effort to maintain that for years and years, but basic courtesy, consideration, and kindness really are grease for the wheels of marriage. Great thoughts, Lori!

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The Generous Wife October 23, 2012 at 8:34 am

Thanks, J. Totally in agreement with you. A great exercise is to take scripture and personalize it to your spouse. Go the extra mile, speak the truth in love, etc. We need to be offering to our spouse what we are commanded to do for all people (cause they are people too!).

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Jenny October 24, 2012 at 6:22 am

One of my favorite quotes is:
“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” ~ Samuel Johnson

Kindness is an action and way of behaving not a feeling.

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