Do you have a kindred spirit? Someone with whom you can share anything under the sun? Someone who thinks like you, believes like you, has the same attitudes and feelings as you?
Someone who can finish your sentences and complete your thoughts? If you do then you are truly blessed in this life. If not, then perhaps you should ask God for a kindred spirit.
A kindred spirit is a real blessing and encouragement to every believer.WHAT IS A KINDRED SPIRIT?But what is a kindred spirit? A kindred spirit is an old-fashioned term which was brought to my attention a few years ago after watching a homeschool play about Anne of Green Gables. Anne speaks of having a kindred spirit. This got me wondering, what does that mean?The dictionary says a kindred spirit is “an individual with the same beliefs, attitudes, or feelings as oneself.” While the Bible doesn’t contain the term “kindred spirit,” it does use another term which connotes the same meaning. In Philippians 2:19-21 the apostle Paul says this of Timothy; “for I have no man likeminded.” This word, likeminded, is a combination of two words in Greek, “isos,” which means “equal” and “psuche,” which means soul.
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The meaning, therefore, is “of equal soul.” This is the same as “kindred spirit.”The aposle Paul calls Timothy his “dearly beloved son” (2 Tim 1:2). There is something special about this relationship between these two Godly men. It seems that Paul was a sort of spiritual father to Timothy and, thus, a father/son-like relationship developed.
But Paul led numerous people to a saving belief in Christ, not just Timothy. Nevertheless, Paul calls Timothy his “dearly beloved son.” So there was something special here. SPOUSES ARE KINDRED SPIRITSKindred spirits, however, are different. They share an even deeper, more intimate connection within their hearts. A husband and wife ought to be each others’ primary kindred spirits.
But recently, I’ve been thinking about those women who come to the realization that their husbands are not saved. When one spouse is saved and the other is not then they have totally different perspectives on life. As much as she may try, they can never be true kindred spirits until the husband repents of his sin and trusts Christ for salvation.“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hat light with darkness?” (2 Cor 6:14)So what is a lonely wife to do when she wakes up and realizes that her husband is not saved? Well, she must continue to love and submit to him. We live in a country that worships independence.
Women are in the workforce en mass and don’t like to be dependent upon their husbands. They want to control their own destinies.
This, however, is detrimental to our society, in my politically incorrect opinion. The unsaved husband can be won to Christ by her lifestyle of total dependence and respect for her husband. She must cherish him and give him honor. She must be totally wrapped up in him.“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation (lifestyle) of the wives.” (1 Peter 3:1).ONE KINDRED SPIRIT IS GOOD. MORE IS EVEN BETTER!Everyone should have a kindred spirit. This makes life richer and more blessed.
But while kindred minds are plentiful, kindred spirits are quite rare. So when you find a kindred spirit, you will know it. For many of us, our spouses alone will be our only kindred spirits throughout life.
But if you can have one or two more then you will be double or triple blessed!HOW DO YOU GET A KINDRED SPIRIT?There are three key ingredients for getting a kindred spirit. And I suggest that we all desire in our hearts for more kindred spirits in our lives. They are a true, mutual blessing and help to make our lives more bearable and even more enjoyable and fulfilling. After all, as God says, “it is not good for man to be alone” (Gen 2:18).PRAY FOR A KINDRED SPIRITIf you decide that you would like a kindred spirit then the starting point will be to pray to God for one!
Don’t be anxious about it but “let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil 4:6). Too often we try to take matters into our own hands and not go to God first. But as He reminds us in His Word, “ye have not because ye ask not” (James 4:2).BE KIND TO EVERYONEYou know that verse that says to “entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Heb 13:2)? Well, the same principle applies to kindred spirits.
Be kind to everyone you meet, everyone with whom you interact. You just don’t know which one of them are potential kindred spirits.“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly” (Prov 18:24).“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especiallly unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal 6:10).“Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18).The bottom line here is to just be kind. Many of us need to work on this, myself included.
We live in a culture that is extremely judgmental. Everyone is concerned about their “rights” and not about their fellow humankind. This mentality, unfortunately, has crept into the church like a worm eating through an apple. Oh there is surface kindness. There is the kindness that shows a good face. But then, behind the scenes, God sees the hearts. Moody, in his sermon entitled “Christian Love” points out the difference between “true love” and “sham love.” I wonder how many of us practice “sham love” and don’t even realize it.
KEEP YOUR RADAR ON!And finally, to get a kindred spirit, after you pray and are kind to everyone, you should keep your radar on. You should be on the lookout. You should be expecting an answer to your prayer from the Lord God Almighty.“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matt 21:22).If you are truly believing that God will answer your prayer then you will be watching. You will be on a heightened state of alertness.
And sometimes, God will answer your prayer in ways that you never really expected. He will often surprise you! So be willing to adapt. Don’t think you have it all figured out. Let Him provide the answer to your prayer.INTERESTED?If you took the time to read this long-winded post then I think maybe you are interested in having a kindred spirit. Perhaps you’ve thought of these things but never really knew how to express it.
My prayer is for every Christian to have at least one kindred spirit. But even better would be two or three. God will bless you. I just know it! CaleThank God on your message and His Word on today.
I too, didn't fully know the meaning to have a 'kindred spirit'. I had read Phillipians last week, not for this purpose, but for another thing going on in my life. For this to come back around today like it did, I truly know its God. The way that things have been going here lately with this man of God that I have been in relationship with for 6 months, going on 7, October 4, 2014, I know God is giving us a definition on what we have going now.
He always addresses or make reference to me as 'the wife'. I have never called him or made reference to him as 'the husband'( still in prayer). I love him and in love with him, and respect him as a wife does her husband. For the last 2 months here, he has shared with me what God has given him about us, about me, about our surroundings. And this is right before we go to Sunday service. When we get to church(not our own, but visiting churches), the word he shared is going forth in the pulpit, and the day goes on like that. Just last night, God was dealing with me earlier part of the morning, 2 a.m., I laid back down, I heard His voice again, then the phone rang, 2:35 a.m., it was him.
Everything that I had been going through in my mind, he had been dealing with also. That was an experience within itself. And to get off the phone, turn it on Christian television, the word was still there. Went back to sleep, and more confirmation came this time through my mother who has been deceased for 9 yrs now. The Lord, has really been dealing with me this morning. I cant help, but to give Him all that's due, to do what He has called/ordained for me to do.
Thank you Rev. Rogol, for being His delivering messenger to make it simple and plain for us. Blessings to your ministry, family, and you. I have a good friend that I 've known for 40 something years. We attended school together and became best friends. When we were in Grammer and high school there was always 'that something that couldn't really be explained about us, but it was funny to us back then because most of the time when we were together with other friends or our parents, we would just have to look at one another without speaking just the look on our faces, we're as if we were speaking to one another. But somehow without either one of us saying a word we both seemed to know what the other was thinking.
Well we're older these days and I have a daughter and my friend has a son. Not to mention our kids are 6 month apart, age wise. We've both been having problems with our kids. We're also both divorced for many years. My friend is happily married.
We are all Christians as well. Her son has been saved, my daughter is not. But I guess what I'm trying to finally say if that for the past 4 or 5 years we have been going thru pretty much the same problems with out kids. And we always bring that up when we talk.
Even to the point of when my daughter isn't talking to me, neither is she and her son. We are going thru almost the same thing always at the same time with our kids.
We were talking about this just yesterday. So I believe we are kindred souls or sprits. I thank you, pastor for posting on this subject. We continue to pray for our kids and for their salvation.
God Bless You and thanks again.
I have wanted to do a post of Anne of Green Gables for the longest time, but the timing was never right. To do proper justice to Anne-with-an-e Shirley and everything she represented, there had to a proper time, place and feeling.I discovered Anne of Green Gables when I was 10. I had borrowed an abridged illustrated copy from a friend and I felt hopelessly in love.
An orphan who was sent by accident to a brother-and-sister, she managed to transform their lives as well as the pretty Canadian town she lived in. Between the ages of 10 - 15, I managed to track down all 8 of her books - dating from her childhood, to the lives and loves of her own children. My collection of Anne Shirley's life has and always will be one of my most prized possession. She was and is one of my best friends. Her colorful imagination, her lyrical flights of fancy, and her all encompassing sense of love makes her far more than a mere fictional character. The fact that she was far from perfect helped too - a perfect person would never manage to dye her hair green, her nose blue, get her 11-year old friend drunk, bake a cake with anodyne liniment etc. Anne Shirley creeps her way into your heart because she is so.human.One of Anne's pet theories, is one of kindred spirits.
A kindred spirit is much more than just a friend. A kindred spirit, is someone who understands unconditionally, without even trying. Someone who becomes a part of your life without even trying, whether you like it or not, because somehow or the other, she/he just knows what you're saying/thinking/feeling. That someone will not only tolerate your incessant ramblings but will manage to acquire the underlying sense behind it. That someone gives you far more than love or friendship - that someone 'gets' you, which is much harder to find than love/friendship.Since Anne Shirley explained the concept of kindred spirits to me, a decade ago, I have been on the lookout for them. And I have found them, perhaps not as much I'd like, but I love the ones I have with a deep deep devotion.
My kindred spirits shared a flaw however. They never understood the concept of kindred spirits. I could explain till I was hoarse, I could attempt to shove poor Anne down their throats, and they never really got it.
They liked the way it sounded, and thought it amusing that it meant so much to me, but never really understood the significance of a kindred spirit the way Anne did.But recently, I found a new kindred spirit, one I have never even met. It is surreal in the nicest possible way knowing that you and someone can 'get' each other, without ever having met. But this someone, when told she was my kindred spirit, knew enough to exclaim'Anne of Green Gables!' This someone knew what being a kindred spirit meant, and understood enough of Anne-with-an-e's own spirit to know how yay it is to find one.
This particular kindred spirit excites me more than the others I have, because if we can 'get' each other when we have never met, I would love to know what it'll be like when we DO meet.At age 10, Anne Shirley became a kindred spirit for life. One of the few fictional characters in my bookshelf to hold that title. But more than that, she paved the way for me to find kindred spirits of my own, apart from her. She taught me that once you find someone like that, you keep them. She taught me that an imagination can be the greatest comfort when you are 'in the depths of despair' and she taught me it doesnt hurt to dream, even if you have freckles and red hair.And most importantly, she taught me to always look at the bottle before you attempt to dye your hair. Green hair is not.becoming.“Kindred Spirits are not so scarce as I used to think.
Its splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world' - Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables. Jeez Thank God. Finally we'll have some hits again.I'd say oh 'I'll totally read her now' or something but I'm kind of late with the last book I'm supposed to read.However.
Not having read any of the books, it's always been quite clear how big a deal she really is, and while I may not understand the idea of a Kindred Spirit the way you and Mehvash do, I must say, the little I do get is pretty freaking sweet.Especially when moving to a new place. The fact that someone else shares a wavelength or even an entire radio channel (Pun for Tejas) is quite freaking awesome. The fact that I'm involved as intimately with most of my kindred spirits as I am (No pun, but is for you!) is really something quite special.You know what else is special? So keep freaking posting.
Jeez.Word today is couest! Finally.finally.my deepest longing to know if anyone my age has ever read anne has come to an end.8yrs of searching and meeting a few kindered spirits on the way.i will always be grateful to my grandma for this treasure!!!Thank you anne for being my kindered spirit for the longest time ever!!!You always understood and stood by me!!@mehvash:in case you're interested in reading emily of new moon by the same author do let me know:)@kyra:sniff.beautifully written.have the whole series too.this means sooo much:). Mehvash - Well, it's only fair considering you beat me to a post about kindred spirits, which I was dying to do after our conversation! But you did it beyoootifully, more beyootifuller than I could have done. So we is even. Like I said before, I cannot to wait the you. And YOU, my frand, are the best =DHarry - Your FACE is a hit while you are a khokhla.
You have a longass freaking reading list ahead of you, my frand. Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, The Fountainhead etc. Get cracking. And you can't google quotes from these books and impress me with your khokhla knowledge. I know your shady ways.Michelle - Thank you, Im glad you liked it =D I too, am very yay at finding people who love Anne like I do. By the way, Emily of New Moon, is awesome! She's very like Anne, only a little more practical I think.
'Sometimes you just need to use your hands and create. Sometimes its good to just forget about work and study and all things sane, and do something you wouldnt ordinarily do. For some moments or hours, stop thinking about everything you think about. And you might just remember what you were like before you were consumed with work, money, rent, exams, scholarships, roomates, lovers, recession or even traffic and a lack of parking spaces.
You'll forget about being broke, being tired, being unemployed, being homeless, being cranky, being lonely, or just being plain pissed off.' - (The Precise) Kyra Mathews on.