IF YOU DON’T LOVE…


Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I shall speak with every human and Angelic language and have no love in me, I shall be clanging brass or a noise-making cymbal. -1 Corinthians 13:1

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OR…put another way…

If you see your brother standing by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he’s sowed
And if you see your sister falling by the way
Just stop and say, you’re going the wrong way
You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you’ll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets
Don’t walk around the down and out
Lend a helping hand instead of doubt
And the kindness that you show every day
Will help someone along their way
You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you’ll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets
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As a mom, I sometimes see the pitfalls my children are headed for, and in my zeal and haste to keep them from ending up in a very bad place, I tend to preach, harp, nag, yell, and shove advice down their throats, which I might add is rarely “swallowed” because it’s not done in love and kindness.
Just this morning, I was “preaching” to my nine-year old about controlling his temper.  He became very sullen and quiet.  In that moment, God showed me that I was wounding him…not helping him.  After my little ‘sermonette’, I said, with sadness in my voice and some tears, “I love you son!  You are the light of my old life!  I get after you because I love you!”
                                                                                                                                                                    Those few words of kindness and love, made all the difference in the world!  He understood that I love him…that I care for him.  His whole demeanor changed.
The Bible says in Proverbs chapter 3:  “For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.”
                                                                                                                                                                     Correct your children…but do it with love and kindness!  After all…that’s how Jesus corrects us…
Anita

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