It’s time for strong, bold talk about unkindness

Unkindness is weakness. It takes no strength to be cruel. To be unkind to people is to invite them to be unkind to you.

Unkind words publicly display a lack of the courage to care. Unkindness is egotistical and selfish. It’s often used as an attempt to hide personal weakness. If you want people to earn and/or deserve your kindness, then you’re not really being very kind.

If you can’t express your views without being unkind, your views are more emotional than rational. Unkindness reveals a lack of confidence in what you’re saying.

Unkindness snowballs. Try not to add to people’s pain. Dare to be unkindness-free. If you train yourself to ignore and forget unkind words, you’ll be much happier!

The English language has such a huge vocabulary that nothing needs to be expressed in unkind words. Profanity consists of unkind words.

My heroes excel at kindness and gracefully speaking the truth. I want to do that, too. The best cure for conflict is unkind words left unsaid. When you respond in kind to unkind words, you put the idea in people’s mind that those words might be true about you.

The Bible says, “Be kind to one another.” (Ephesians 4:32.) Unkindness is a sin! When Jesus said, “Love your enemies,” He meant, “Be kind to unkind people.” (The ability to be kind to unkind people is true maturity.)

Beam compassion. Radiate kindness. Shine goodwill.

If you let life
Make you unkind,
Your peace of mind
Will unwind.

Every unkind statement
That we make
Is a debasement
To our emotional
Environment.

Unkindness is
A trap.
When someone
Spews it out,
Don’t carry it around
And spread it about.

Every time you retaliate
You deviate
From kindness.

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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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