Study 4

“Love is patient, love is kind.” 1 Corinthians 13:4a

I never get tired of hearing that God is kind. When people are kind, they are agreeable and easy to be around. They say please, thank you, I could be wrong, tell me more, and I’m sorry. There is a compassion that lives inside kind people and a humility that says they are one of many in this great big world.

Two people from the Bible that remind me of kindness are Boaz and Rebekah. Boaz seems kind in the way he deals with his employees and with Ruth when he notices her in his fields. He instructs the men not to touch her and advises her to stay in his fields where it is safe and where she can gather the excess grain. Then when Ruth approaches him on the threshing floor, he tells her how amazing she is and agrees to marry her if the legal relative does not want to. It’s a beautiful story of love and especially kindness!

Rebekah was also kind and thoughtful. When Abraham’s servant went to find a wife for Isaac, he had asked God to make it clear who it was to be. The servant asked God for specifics and Rebekah fulfilled them and more. She provided water from the well for both the servant and the ten camels he had brought along. She let the camels drink until they had finished (Genesis 24:19) and I think this should be highlighted. Rebekah allowed herself to be sidetracked from what she was doing and her day’s agenda to attend to a stranger and his camels to the point she literally waited around for the camels to finish drinking. According to Baird (2013), “A typical camel can drink 200 liters (53 gallons) of water in three minutes”. You do the math. That’s a lot of water she had to draw from the well, so when she offered to do it, she already knew it was going to be time consuming.

Q: Will you stop and give someone your time today?

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