how to be more kind
In this Fruit Of The Spirit series of mini-blogs, I have been deeply moved by the simple truths in the Word of God. This proverb is jam-packed with insights and wisdom.
Kindness is not just about being 'nice' or being randomly courteous to strangers. It is a deep, pride-melting, barrier-shrinking warmth of attitude towards others that Jesus personified.
Holy Spirit kindness comes from wanting the very best for the other person. Holy Spirit kindness wants them to know their true value and worth. The Holy Spirit kind of kindness melts hard hearts, unfolds crossed arms and opens deaf ears.
Kindness will get you an audience with people you never dreamed you would influence.
Kindness will pave the way to a strengthening of your key relationships unlike anything else.
We need to grow so much more in kindness if we are going to be people full of the Spirit of God.
I love that this verse begins with 'WHEN she speaks'. You have a message to bring. You DO have something of value and significance that the world needs to hear. Don't ever let anyone quiet your voice down - just because it doesn't serve their agenda.
The 'when' also reminds us that kindness comes best when it is timed right. Knowing when to speak, and when to keep silent are all part of maturing (and even in my fourth decade I get this one wrong all the time!)
Timing is the difference between wisdom being gladly received like a long, cool drink to a parched marathon-runner who greedily grabs at whatever you have to offer....... and your words being tossed back in your face because the timing was all wrong. It takes discernment, and prayer, to know when wisdom is actually wise!
Instructions are coupled with kindness in this verse because, let's face it, very few people really enjoy being told what to do! Kindness softens any blow to the pride, especially when the instructions are correcting a wrong.
Have you ever heard the phrase 'they don't care what you know - until they knew that you care'?
It's a perfect paraphrase of this scripture.
If you want your words to be well-received, then speak up; at the right time, with the right wisdom for that moment, confidently - but with deep care and compassion for the listener.
They will feel your kindness long after your words leave the air.
They will detect your sincerity in their innermost being and the instructions, whatever they may be, will be received like seed into good soil.
Kindness isn't just a side-portion - it's the main meal.
Let's serve it up to one another by the bucket-load and watch the Holy Spirit do His work, melting hearts like workable clay in His hands.
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