Building Others Up by Curt Dodd

I Corinthians 13:4b
"Love is Kind"
According to the Phillips Translation,
"Love looks for a way of being constructive."
I Thessalonians 5:11 says:
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up . . ."
The scripture is filled full of words admonishing, encouraging,
promoting believers to encourage and build each other up. In
fact, that's exactly what love is all about, love means to build
each other up. That's exactly what love is, love is kind and
kindness seeks to do what is best for an individual. Let me ask
you a couple of questions in a simple survey - how many of you
have ever taken music lessons, raise your hand, swimming
lessons? Golf lessons? Dance lessons? Cooking lessons?
Horseback riding? Tennis, public speaking? Scuba diving?
Could you say that our society has a real love and drive towards
continuing education? Without any question, the answer is yes.
But how many of you have ever taken lessons on learning how to
love? Not one person here. What we are doing in this series on
relationships is simply that, taking lessons on learning how to
love. And as we expose verse after verse, phrase after phrase
out of I Corinthians 13, from God's word, the Bible, He who is
love will teach us how to be loving.

Now the big question today is what does it mean to be kind.
Since love is being kind, what does it really mean to be kind.
As I've already said, love builds people up. Romans 15:2 says
it like this:
"Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build
him up."
In essence, kindness is giving people what they need in order to
grow. What then do people need? I ...

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