Being Nice comes in many forms,
in various tints and shades and hues,
often times—too many times—changing with the tides and with the seasons, depending on who’s around.
Someone who’s nice to your face…
but not so nice behind your back.
I’ve come to realize,
if that’s being Nice,
then being Nice is highly over-rated.
being truly Kind is something completely different.
True Kindness is the outgrowth and can only be accomplished
by those whose hearts and minds and souls are
full of the Spirit of the One Who is all Goodness,
and filled to overflowing with Christ-like Love,
which is where Kindness is conceived and bred,
the ultimate source of such pouring out…
Not by those who desire to appear a certain way for their own advantage.
There are times when Kindness is not what’s needed at the moment…
When the defense of Goodness and Righteousness trumps the method used in carrying out God’s will.
When Phineas took action to stop the plague caused by sin—
God said this man’s descendants would be blessed…
Because Phineas was passionate about the same things God is passionate about.
When Samuel hacked Agag the heathen king into pieces—
and informed Saul the arrogant Israelite king that he would no longer remain king…
Because he cared more about building his own kingdom than he did about promoting God’s kingdom.
When Elisha moved out of the way to allow God’s judgment—
Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!
So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. – II Kings 2:23-24
When Jesus tore up the Temple—
His righteous indignation despised the fact that innocent people were being deceived
by religious leaders, those who should have known better…
And when Paul confronted Ananias and Sapphira after the couple did one thing,
claimed to do another,
and then lied about the whole thing to the Holy Spirit—
The Verdict was offensive,
and those standing around or hearing the tale in days to come,
became instantly forewarned of how much God hates lies,
and how much He values the Truth…
Even if it means not being Nice.
Perhaps in these Scriptural accounts God’s intent is to teach us something—
How too many times our view of what’s important differs greatly
from His view of what’s important.
To be continued…