Charity Is Not Easily Provoked

This month in my "Year of Charity," I am going to study and explore the concept of "Charity is not easily provoked." In its most basic terms, being provoked means to get angry. And I seem to get angry more now than I ever used to. I can't decide if it's because I'm getting older and crankier or if there's just more in this world to be angry about or if I'm too tired to be patient and...
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What Does It Mean to Seek Not Your Own?

This year, I am studying the different aspects of charity found in 1 Corinthians 13. This month I have focused my attention on “Charity seeketh not her own.” What does it mean to “not seek our own?” I think it can mean that we think of others before we think of ourselves. Unselfishness is at the core of not seeking “our own.” Unselfishness is one of the true signs of real love. When...
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Charity Seeketh Not Her Own

This year, I am exploring the different aspects of charity as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13. I would love to know any experiences or insights you have as we go throughout the year. This month, we are studying "Charity seeketh not her own." (As a side note, I like that charity is referred to with the feminine pronoun.) I've already been thinking a lot about this, trying to find deep and layered...
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How Does Pride Keep Us From Having Charity?

At the beginning of the year, I decided I wanted to spend 2021 learning more about and living charity. I am using the aspects of charity found in 1 Corinthians 13 to guide my study. This month, I have been concentrating on "Charity is not puffed up." There is a beautiful story of an event that takes places during the Last Supper. Jesus tells his disciples that one of them will betray him (Matthew...
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Charity Is Not Puffed Up

This month in our "Year of Charity," we are going to explore, ponder, and live "Charity is not puffed up." Now, I don't know about you, but when I think about not being puffed up, I immediately think of pride. E.T. Benson said, "Pride is the universal sin." Do you agree with that? I do. There are some things that I am very proud about: I like to be right. I have a hard time admitting when I'm...
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The Opposite of Envy

This year, I have been studying the different aspects of charity mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This month's topic is "Charity envieth not." The definition of envy is: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc. I think it's interesting that the word "covet" is included in the definition of envy. As we know, "Thou shalt not covet" is...
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The Amish Quiltmaker Breaks Her Seam Ripper

The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby is now available! Do you have your copy yet? You can buy The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby at Walmart, or online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Walmart. Esther Zook is looking to start a new life in Byler, a southwest Colorado Amish community, but her plans are upended when her sister leaves a baby in her care. Levi Kiem is willing to help, but...
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Charity Does Not Envy

This month in our "Year of Charity," we are going to explore, ponder, and live "Charity envieth not." Envy means jealousy, specifically being jealous and prideful about what someone else has that you do not. I looked in the dictionary of opposites and discovered that the opposite of envy is generosity. I had never really thought of that before, but it makes perfect sense. How does generosity...
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What Does Kindness Mean to You?

This month's Year of Charity focus is on kindness. Have you learned anything about kindness this month? Do you have any insights you would be willing to share in the comments? Have you ever seen Facebook explode? Someone posts something controversial and then twenty people get angry and say something rude, and then twenty other people come to the defense of the person who posted in the first...
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Charity Is Kind

This month in my "Year of Charity," I am focusing on "Charity is kind." A friend of mine once said, "Being kind is different than being nice. I'd rather be kind." I've thought a lot about that. Here are the definitions of each: Nice: Pleasing, agreeable, delightful Kind: Of a good or benevolent nature or disposition So this month as I think about being kind, I am going to try to understand the...
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