This blog post is all about how you can choose kindness.
Many people may think it’s simple to choose kindness, but it can actually be quite tough. Choosing kindness is a Spiritual strength that only Jesus can give. For this reason this blog post will give you 5 Biblical thoughts to help you choose kindness even in tough situations.
1. You will need the Holy Spirit’s help to choose kindness.
Proverbs 16:1 says, “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.”
It not only takes work to choose kindness, but a kind word is an answer that the Lord can give you when you are relying on Him and listening to His voice. What does that mean? Nothing spooky, but simply wait on the Lord before you give a quick response that may be in the wrong tone. Sometimes we may know the truth and want to spew it all, but how much have we built that relationship first? How much positive feedback have you given someone before you give the negative comment?
2. Choosing kindness is the perfect balance of truth and love.
Proverbs 16:13 says, “Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.”
Many times you will find so much imbalance with these two topics; yet, God’s name is Love, and He is also the way, the TRUTH, and the life. There are many struggles when trying to learn how to choose kindness because it seems as if truth and love are constantly on the scale. When we desire our words to be filtered through the truth of His Word and Spirit, our words will be the delight or happiness of kings. Your words are truly a gift when you realize the power in them. What does the Bible say? “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21)
3. If we are going to choose kindness, we must be willing to learn how to make our words sweet and pleasant.
Study, meditate, and memorize these Bible verses as you learn how to create beautiful words.
“…the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.” (Proverbs 16:21b)
“The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to lips.” (Proverbs 16:23)
“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)
4. Choosing kindness discovers the importance for understanding the needs of your neighbor.
Much of the world knows the Golden Rule or the quote Jesus gave that says to love your neighbor as yourself. Do you always need the raw truth or do you need grace extended? Understanding the needs of people is difficult, takes practice, and means “dying to self” (crucifying the flesh or our will and way of doing something for the sake of others).
Understanding is the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes with empathy. You treat them with the same grace that you would need if you were in their situation.
Proverbs 16:22 says, “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.”
When we use understanding before we speak, act, and deal with others it can actually bring life into your situations.
5. Kindness comes from understanding which is rooted in love.
Ephesians 3:17-19 states,
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
I believe this passage is so important. I Corinthians 13 tells us that love is above everything, even our faith. We are to be rooted in love. When we are rooted in Christ’s love, understanding your neighbor just doesn’t seem as complex. When we understand each other, it’s so much easier to be kind.
If you continue reading this chapter, Proverbs 16:25-30 talks about the negative consequences that come from not choosing kindness. I’d much rather have the benefits of that wellspring of life. I love that God’s Word is alive and it gives us the answers to everything that we need.
I love creating beautiful reminders of God’s Word to us, so I created this beautiful Choose Kindness Bracelet. You can find it in the shop here!
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