Being a mom is an incredibly hard job. Deeply understanding two truths will help you to be everything that your children need you to be:
1) God loves you. A lot! His love is the primary thing that you need.
2) Your love is the primary thing that your children need from you.
1 Corinthians 13 describes His love and your love beautifully. First we learned that Love Is Patient. We now move on to Love Is Kind.
The second positive expression of love is kindness. This one may seem obvious – we all know that we should be kind to each other. The golden rule comes to mind: Treat others as you want to be treated. However, when I started studying this character trait I was blown away by another verse that uses this same Greek word for kindness. It is found in Romans 2:4 (NLT).
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” Another version states, “…the kindness of God leads you to repentance.”
I would have never thought it was God’s kindness that makes us want to repent. I would have maybe said grace or love but not kindness. But think about it. Do you remember the friend that brought you a meal when you had a baby? Or how about the child at the park that made sure your kid was involved in the game? How about an older mom who had just the perfect words of encouragement at the exact moment you needed it? Simple acts of kindness make an impact on your life and they stick with you for a long time. They draw you to that person and make you want to serve them back.
The dictionary defines kindness as the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. Think about how God wants to be a loving and friendly Father to us. How He generously sent His Son to die on our behalf. He is also very considerate and works differently with each one of us according to our own strengths and weaknesses.
Kindness speaks so loudly. When we are kind to our children, and also our husbands, we are showing them one of God’s beautiful characteristics. (Romans 3:23-25) This character traits draws your child in, it makes them want to get to know you. It makes them want to please you; to obey you. It instills a desire to know you better and to serve you every chance they get. Isn’t that what God desires His children to do? By modeling kindness to our children, we are showing them God’s kindness and leading them to a right attitude towards both God and ourselves.
This week I want you to think about the different acts of kindness that God and others have shown you. Pay attention to how you feel when someone is kind to you. On the flip side, also pay attention to the way you feel when someone is unkind to you.
1.) Pick a memory verse to learn on kindness. Here are some selected verses about kindness: | C13 Mom: Kindness Verses |
2.) Write down how you feel when someone is kind or unkind to you. Does it make you want to know that person more or be around that person?
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