Long suffering is enduring what comes against us by putting anger far from us.
Long suffering is a passive quality because it is withholding our anger, while kindness is the counter part.
Key Point: Love is not love just because it suffers long. It is love because when it suffers, it answers with kindness.
1. Kind with our Words
Matthew 15: 18 our words show what is in our hearts
2. Kind with our Actions
Kindness is not used in a verbal sense in the New Testament. The real meaning of the word is grace that pervades and penetrates the whole nature mellowing there all that would have been harsh and austere.
The problem is that we have to keep our hearts gentle and sweet in a hard harsh world.
Ephesians 4: 32 Be knd and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ god forgave you.
Kind = Keep on becoming kind
a. fit and useful
b. become manageable
Keep up the chase after the good. Take a deep breath for the oong run.
Kindness makes you optimistic about other people.
Agape is not a earth born emotion. It is God showing Himself to us. It is born out of heaven it is God Himself so it is eternal non extinguishable and it cannot perish.