Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 15th, 2020
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NIV)
Patient and Kind
Until this past March, the word “caremongering” didn’t exist. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and within 72 hours more than 35 Facebook groups had been set up to serve communities in places like Ottawa, Halifax and Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. More than 30,000 people had joined to help others in their community who are at risk of health complications related to the coronavirus. These acts of kindness are happening around the world, but it was in Canada that the movement was first named caremongering.
I love the term “caremongering.” The archaic word “monger” means to sell or peddle something. It used to be used, for example, by fishermen when they sold their fish – they were called fishmongers. Now we use it primarily in a negative way – we have fearmongers, warmongers and rumourmongers. So, I like when we can make it positive. I want to be among those who peddle care – I want to be a caremonger. That is, after all, how the love of God is manifested. In the Greek, the word for God’s love is agape. And Paul uses it in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…” God’s love is patient and kind. I want to be like God. I want to be a patiencemonger, and a kindnessmonger. So should you, if you belong to Jesus. What we offer to the world is a love that is patient with others and kind to others. Let’s manifest the love of Jesus today by being patient and kind. The world always needs that kind of love.
These have been words from the heart.