Have you ever noticed: it’s not what you say so much as how you say it? We have become a society full of sarcasm, put-downs, and verbal slams against something, usually someone, with whom we disagree. Why?
When did kindness become a sign of weakness?
While watching a daytime television show one of the hosts commented that with our social media availability, people have the potential to write horrid, cruel, demeaning comments to others they have never met. The host made a point to say the anonymity gives the commenter a brazen voice.
What happened to the idea that if you had nothing nice to say you didn’t speak? When did shocking and hurting someone with your cutting remarks become the norm?
A dear aunt of mine has chosen a response to those around her who may speak rudely. She simply says, “Kindness, please.”
That is it. It says it all.
Scripture is clear– we are commanded in Ephesians 4:32 to “Be kind to one another, forgiving each other as God in Christ Jesus has forgiven you.”
Gentleness and kindness are not a sign of weakness. In many ways they are a sign of strength. Choosing to respond to someone in a way contrary to the way they have spoken with you shows a strength in character. In simple terms, it shows the person responding has manners.
We need to not just teach our future generations science, technology, engineering, and math. We should also be teaching them social graces, thankfulness, encouragement, and manners.
Kindness is as necessary to our world as air and I am sad to see how short we are on supply.
It’s enough to make you say, “hmmm.”