Avoid the unkindness kickback

Rampant unkindness tramples the human spirit. However, kindness can do miracles. It can turn an enemy into a friend.

Anything can be expressed with kindness, even the strongest disagreement. Unkindness is the outward reflection of a disturbed heart and mind. An unkind mind frequently turns its unkindness on itself.

Be unkind to others to the degree that you want them to be unkind to you. When you’re kind, unkind people will sometimes attack you. The best way to fight unkindness is with kindness. Retaliation only amplifies it.

If you use unkind language, expect a kickback. Profanity involves unkind words and an unkind attitude. Learning to live without using profanity is a step toward kindness.

Heart-felt kindness is a sign of strength. Belligerent unkindness is a cover-up for weakness. There’s no unkindness in Heaven. If we plan to go there, it would be good to go ahead and learn to live without being unkind.

Kindness and hostility won’t coexist in your heart. One will force out the other. Hostility has a purpose. Treat people with kindness, but treat your tormenting thoughts and feelings with hostility. Expressing unkindness, anger, and hostility, won’t change other people’s hearts, but it will harden your own heart.

To be kind when you feel threatened, requires more courage than it does to respond with unkindness and defensiveness. If you insist that people earn your kindness, you’ll find yourself being quite stingy with it.

A lifestyle focused on getting what we want, easily moves into unkindness towards people who seem to be getting in our way. Kindness boomerangs. Unkindness does, too.

Help alleviate the current crisis of a shortage of kindness. Contribute kind words and actions whenever you can. If we won’t notice people’s pain and problems, we won’t realize their need for our kindness and concern.

It takes a lot of effort and energy to stay angry at someone who continually responds to you with kindness. Unkind people often have a great need for your kindness, but their pride won’t let them admit it.

Ongoing anger overrides empathy and releases unkindness in words and action. Unkind words cause painful moans, even if you don’t throw sticks and stones.

Kindness cares about all people (friends, family, strangers, and even enemies) and treats them with compassion and respect. Kindness treats everybody as an equal. It looks down on no one. To refuse to listen when people are hurting is unkind.

Occasional kindness is good, but kindness as a lifestyle far surpasses it. If you begin to regularly treat people with kindness, soon your heart will follow up your words and actions, and feel genuine concern for them. If you’ll be kind (especially when you don’t feel like it), you’ll experience greater peace of mind and better relationships with others.

Regardless of its politics, a country with little kindness falls short of true greatness. If an unkind country isn’t the kind of country you want, it’s not too late to turn it around. Whether it comes from the right or the left, unkindness isn’t helpful. When politics is drowning in unkindness, it’s time to kindly throw in some life preserver rings.

Here’s some simple advice that can change a life. “Be kind.” Search for my book: Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind. Thank you very much.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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