Verbal battles of the will or compassionate connections of the heart?

Our culture produces too many verbal battles of the will and too few compassionate connections of the heart. Unkindness won’t convince people that your opinion is right, but it might convince them that you’re rude.

Perhaps there are better ways to persuade people than with angry politics or physical violence. The Jewish people wanted a political or military solution to Roman tyranny. Jesus offered the kingdom of God based on peaceful and spiritual heart connection.

To try to get people to agree with you, you can: 1) Bully them; 2) Kindly persuade them, or 3) Live your life so well they want to learn more about what you believe.

I’m tired of all the public conflict and verbal abuse. In a true meritocracy, just being human would merit respect. Here’s what I want to see taught in school and demonstrated in society: Honesty, hope, humility, kindness, forgiveness, peace of mind, awe, gratitude, and creativity.

Gratitude is like granite. Let’s build with grateful granite instead of tearing down with disdainful rudeness.

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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 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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