Finding kindness by choosing peace & joy

A non-hostile approach to life opens the heart to joy and beauty. Fight more against the evil in yourself than the evil in others. (It does you more harm.)

Choices are building blocks. However you stack them up, they form your life. There are always better and more effective ways to live. Find some.

Life gets better when we stop making self-destructive choices and quit obeying tormenting mental voices. All thoughts are not equal. Some are friends to welcome; some are enemies to resist. As the buffet of thoughts stream thru your mind, choose the best & ignore the rest.

Bad choices don’t have to be permanent. Make a re-choice; turn from wrong to right. Choose to look for truth, even when it’s uncomfortable and you don’t want to hear it.

Conscience is standard equipment in human beings. Overriding it is optional. We can choose to receive forgiveness or to live with guilt. Lord, have mercy on me!

Rudeness reaps retaliation. Choose to be kind instead. Choose to be rational. Choose to think with honesty, humility, and compassion–not just to react. Anger is hostile to rationality. Thinking things through gets in its way.

Kind people expect to find kindness in others. Hostile people expect hostility.

Kindness has the power to de-escalate hostility. Antipathy, hostility, malice, and loathing are loads too heavy for a heart to carry. Opposing anger with anger increases it. Responding with kindness de-escalates it.

Bad behavior reveals a person’s need for compassion. Fight their fire with kindness. When you feel hurt, retaliate with kindness and notice the surprising effect it has.

People who disagree
Aren’t your enemy
Just because they see
Things differently.

Replaces antipathy
With heart-felt sympathy.

Evil often presents itself as good and tells you that you’re entitled to it. To know what’s right but choose to do what’s wrong, creates guilt. Repentance brings peace. Even when sin has been dethroned from your heart, it still lingers and tries to deceive.

Cruelty is always a bad choice.

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 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 in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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