“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” –  1 Corinthians 13:2 (TNIV)

Last year my first post on this blog was about Love, so it seems fitting that my first post of 2016 be in the same category as well. Since it is 216 words for 2016, I must be brief!

In 2016, I’d like for you to consider how you could practice what the Bible calls “Loving-kindness.”  The Old Testament word is “Hesed,” which means “to be merciful, loving and kind.”

Dr. Spiros Zodhiates states that this is a characteristic of God’s love to us, and hopefully, this characteristic is one that we will practice with those who are close to us or with those who are not, as the word infers we treat others with love, kindness and mercy as if a close relationship did exist.

What might this look like practically? Mercy primarily means to “alleviate suffering.” Love means to treat others with esteem, respect, favor, honor, acceptance and devotion. Kindness is graceful (versus harsh) behavior that we demonstrate to others because this characteristic is part of our nature and it “overflows” from within ourselves to others.

So I ask you to consider, not who you could demonstrate Loving-kindness to, but how you could consistently demonstrate this quality of Love to others during 2016 and beyond.  May God Bless you in your effort!

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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.