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Love Within Limits: A Realist’s View of 1 Corinthians 13

Smedes, Lewis B. | Eerdmans, 1978


p. 15

“It takes power to be kind because kindness is risky.  First, to move toward another person in kindness is to risk misunderstanding.  If you are kind to a person, your action may be seen as a veiled seduction.  If you are kind to a person of another race, you may be suspected of being patronizing or subservient.  If you are kind to a stranger, you may be rebuffed.  Second, after you show kindness to a person, he may take advantage of you.  He may become a parasite, getting a grip on your tender impulses and systematically exploiting them.  Third, you may in your amateurish kindness do things so awkwardly that you end up making a fool of yourself.  No one likes to look stupid, perhaps least of all when doing an act of kindness.”