Sunday, April 25, 2010

Is it better to be right, or is it better to be kind?

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:29-32).

Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.
A kind and courteous "no" hurts less than a rude "yes".

Being correct does not give us the right feel superior. Nor does it mean that it is OK to degrade someone else. It is important to be forgiving, but it is also important to try not to do those things that cause us to seek forgiveness. Treating others as we would like to be treated is not just a trite motto taught to school children, it should be a life rule for all those who follow Jesus. Sticks and stones can break bones, but name calling can cause injury that lasts a lifetime.
I believe that it is important to remember how Jesus spoke to people. His words were filled with kindness and compassion. He was never cruel.

So as we go through our day, we should error on the side of love. Kindness and compassion goes a long way.

Peace and love,


"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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