I must start off by saying…this weeks study for me was so simple that it seemed complex and difficult! Why is that? Is it because I see God and His principles to be more complicated and “deep” than they really are? Is it because our society is all about telling people “how you feel” , voice your “opinions”, stand up for your “freedom of speech” no matter how brutal, unpleasant, judgmental, wrong and unkind our statements may be?
I have been thinking (hard) about what it means to be kind, (Which is love), and the more I thought about it the more I got confused! All that came to my mind was…”If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say it!” God, there HAS to be more to it than this!
I have always considered myself to be a kind person! When I meet someone I always say, “Hi, My name is Jennifer, it’s so nice to meet you!” “I like your shirt, your hair is so pretty, etc.” I always smile, if they need help I help them, if they seem sad I encourage them…of course I am kind! Then I realized that is not necessarily kindness, that is politeness and there is a difference. I have been searching my heart this week and really asking God for insight on kindness- as He intends and what “being kind”- actually means. Just because I am polite, does not make me kind. Kindness is a characteristic of LOVE that comes out of a pure heart and I don’t always keep my heart “in check.” This is an area that God began to really deal with me, on a very personal level.
Lesson #1: The tongue has the power of life and death! (Proverbs 18:21). Life and DEATH! DEATH? Yes, DEATH (meaning goodbye, you’re done, it’s over, flatlined, YOU’RE DEAD)! What I say matters and the SPIRIT behind what I say matters and has the power to kill and destroy! I realized that when my sentences end with “I’m Joking”, “C’mon I was kidding” or “Bless their heart,” then the statement before the candy coated ending, did not have the spirit of true LOVE-as God intends, (which is kind). I usually only make these “unkind” statements/jokes around my husband, family and friends, so is that really so bad? YES! Who I am around people that I am most comfortable with, is who I really am! Do I truly want my words to kill and destroy the ones that I care about the most? OF COURSE NOT! Could that scripture also be telling me that when I speak words of negativity, death and destruction that my spirit will also weaken and die? Yes, I believe so! I must choose to STOP, SLOW DOWN and THINK before I SPEAK! I also realized that I needed to be praying a little different in the morning and focus more on the issues of MY heart. If my heart is inline with the heart of Jesus, then I would NOT make such remarks, even if they are candy coated as a “joke.” True LOVE- as God intends, (which is kind), speaks LIFE, UPLIFTS, ENCOURAGES and CHOOSES to speak to the BEST in people, not their shortcomings, failures and weaknesses. “Acts of kindness are beautiful but we must not forget that words of kindness are powerful!”
New Morning Prayer #1
“God teach me to think before I speak. When my thoughts are unkind teach me to keep my mouth shut! Then show me the condition of my heart and reveal the true root of my sin, forgive me and teach me true LOVE- as You intend.
Lesson #2: (Luke 30-37) “The story of The Good Samaritan”: Ok God, YES! Of course I would have stopped and helped the man, that was laying in the street and in “need”. I have compassion for people in need, I always have…..so I am kind, YAY!!!!! Then God said, NO. Jennifer, do you realize that it is easier for you to show kindness to strangers than the ones closest to you? You do not always have true LOVE- as I intend, (which is kind), in your heart. WHOAH!!!!!!!! Ok God! Wow, You are SO RIGHT! It is much easier to show kindness to and around strangers! Why, God? (You know it’s amazing that when you talk to God and ask him to reveal things to you…He does). He showed me that it is easier for me to show strangers, “in need”, kindness because I have pity but pity only leads to pride. I must begin to see others the way God sees them! The Holy Spirit is teaching me that true LOVE- as He intends, (which is kind), is without judgement and certainly without pity: but NEVER without mercy! The same mercy that My Savior has shown me!
Romans 3:23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Mathew 7: 1-3 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
New Morning Prayer #2
God teach me to see everyone like You see them, never with judgement. Instill in my heart true LOVE- as You intend, that is kind and shows Mercy to others, like You have shown me.
This study has shown me that God is actually very clear, direct, simple and much easier to understand. We make it seem SO difficult and complex, but it’s not….it’s simply the message of LOVE. We can obtain true LOVE- as God intends if we just allow His spirit to flow freely through us! Yes, I said it…ALLOW….it is up to US, everyday and is a CHOICE to open our hearts and ask God to guide our every thoughts (first) and (then) words and actions.
Ok, I’m Done! This revelation was brutal; However, it has been very inspiring and exactly what I needed, in order to grow as a follower of Christ, as I am asking God to place in my heart the understanding of true LOVE- as He intends.
Let’s CHOOSE to live each day encouraging one another, rooting for each other, wishing each other success and be happy for one another! Let’s CHOOSE forgiveness, instead of judgement. Let’s CHOOSE to speak LIFE and NOT death. Let’s CHOOSE to see the BEST in people and as God sees them! Let’s CHOOSE KINDNESS, (which is LOVE).