Kindness isn’t just about helping others even though that is the first thing that comes to mind when we hear that word. It’s also about our words. In a world where the loudest voices are applauded, a word where ‘tell it as it is’ seems to be the in thing, it seems we are watching the act of showing kindness through our words varnishing.
Recently The Pearls of Purity celebrated her one year anniversary and during the event, one of our guest speakers spoke about kindness and her words truly resonated with me. She said her story about how the Holy Spirit convicted her in this area. I have had similar experiences. I am a ‘tell it as it is’ person. I don’t like beating around the bush because truly I do not have the patience for that. Despite this, I am also a human whose feelings gets hurt when words are said harshly.
Recently I had a conversation with someone and we both saw things from different angles. Even though what I was saying was correct, my opinionated nature got in the way and robbed my approach of kindness. I left there feeling disappointed with myself and with the way I handled the situation. I didn’t speak to the person the way I would love to be spoken to. I didn’t practice what I preach at that moment. I didn’t represent Jesus Christ well. I wasn’t the light and salt I am supposed to be. The conviction was so real and the Holy Spirit remembered me of kindness and of how our words are to be seasoned with salt.
Are you kind?
Am I kind?
In a world that is so polarised, can we find kindness? With both extremes ready to fight dirty to air their view, is there kindness involved? How should Jesus’ representatives act in this present world? Are we allowing all of what is happening to prevent us from seeing clearly? Are we still human beings? Have we lost touch of the human nature in us?
I am good at showing act of kindness such as listening and being there for others, helping etc. I am currently working on seasoning my words with salt and making sure that I speak to others the way I want to be spoken to, regardless of the situation. People will forever remember how they were treated. There is never a good excuse to be mean and to hurt other people’s feelings with our words. There is a reason kindness and self control – wrapped in love – are fruit of the spirit.
Let’s remember to be kind to others. We may be the only reflection of Jesus Christ they get to see. Let’s not ruin our witnesses.