Unnecessary Disclaimer: I’m being honest and open.
A series of events led to my eye open experience.
There is a price to pay for being kind. In a cruel world, people see meekness and kindness as weakness.
I witnessed this even in a church! The very place where meekness, kindness and gentleness should be respected and even honored, the meek and the kind are shunned, insulted and made to feel inadequate. Brashness, cruelty and harsh words were celebrated as strength, used to control, manipulate and crush it’s recipients.
It was covered up in the guise of tough love, honesty, boldness, playful banter etc. We have lots of fluffy words for cruelty these days.
It’s tempting to want revenge, or to prove yourself to these people but this is my conclusion.
I want to remain kind. I want to be myself and who God made me to be. It takes a lot of strength NOT to fit in. It takes a lot of strength to keep going after being rejected, mistreated and misunderstood.
I had someone tell me that kindness is fake. Poor soul. Poor soul believes kindness is fake and rudeness is strength.
In wisdom, you’ll know that sort of person is troubled and being unkind back will just exasperate the issue.
I think these experiences, while they hurt me deeply , has made me stronger.
I have fallen in love with myself even more. I pick and choose my battles wisely. If I make a mistake, I apologize , fix it as best as I can and move forward. I also know that my actions aren’t always kind but I want to be kinder.
Kindness for me is peace. It’s about being at peace with oneself and others. I don’t have time to be cruel. Cruelty is boring! There is so much to do in life than plotting against your next victim.
After every heartache I make two declarations: I will serve God no matter what and I want to do the right thing.
Love is patient and kind. Listen, I don’t always get it right, no one will but being consistently cruel to people, even those that have hurt you isn’t right! There is no justification for it!
Forgiveness is a choice! A process yes, but it’s a choice you have to make.
Forgiveness gives you internal peace in a chaotic world!
I was mad at God over things in my life, including my own choices. Now thinking about it, as painful as it was, I don’t regret it.
In a fallen world, pain builds character. All of my struggles and heartaches, sins (yup) and mistakes , not one piece or part must be forgotten for they all are the building blocks to my character.
The Bible clearly shows us the faults, mistakes and triumphs of it’s characters. There is constant character development.
The most important elements to life are our character and godliness. The quest for material things ends with death but our character and our godliness will be tested in the next life.
I learned through it all that God loves me too.