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Nathan wasn’t nice when he confronted David,

But truth must be revealed for sin to be stopped.

You’re the man…

No, you won’t be put to death for your crimes, because God has forgiven you.

But there will be consequences.  –  II Samuel 12

And how did Peter get away with zapping Annanias and Sapphira for the lies they told?

(Okay. The Holy Spirit did the zapping. Peter just brought up the subject.

But, how could he? Isn’t that akin to tattling? What about forgiveness?)

There are times when I am riled,

when patience is tried beyond its limit,

and Kindness is the farthest thing from my mind

the very last on my list of intentions,

and I prepare to pounce…

That’s when the Holy Spirit clamps His firm, invisible hand on my shoulder,

whispering,

Down, girl. I’ll take care of this. You just pray.

After a bit I do calm down.

Making every effort to keep my mouth shut—

not to be Nice, not even to be Kind,

but to be Obedient.

I’ve found when I exercise some serious prayer,

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asking God to temper my temper, restrain my wrath,

He works behind the scenes, to take care of matters,

correcting where necessary, righting the wrongs,

and teaching me through submission,

complete obedience, true humility, genuine kindness,

the love of Christ.

When someone slanders or mistreats one of my offspring,

the mama bear rises within.

Again, I’m learning to pray first instead of immediately confronting…

to wait and listen…

observing God’s leading

to keep me from using earthly tactics…

to avoid lowering myself to what is less than Divine.

Often God says to let it go.

But once in awhile He says, Go get ‘em!

With love, humility and mercy, of course.

We are to speak the truth with compassion,

because open rebuke is better than hidden love—

and righteousness that stays in a corner, tucked away, unseen,

is useless.

In II Tim. 4:14-15, Paul’s statement about Alexander the coppersmith wasn’t nice,

but it was true, and considerably appropriate.

Alexander did much damage, resisting the Biblical teachings of Paul and those with him.

Paul left the judgment to God, but alerted Timothy to a very real problem.

In Revelation 2 Jesus was not pleased with two churches:

At Pergamos and Thyatira.

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The congregations were too soft on sin.

They allowed things to go on that had no place among God’s people.

Jesus told the churches if they wouldn’t deal with it,

He would.

And it wouldn’t be pretty.

How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?  –  Proverbs 1:22

Simple is another word for naïve.

Letting everything go and being Nice all the time may be a symptom

of a more serious issue…

laziness, apathy, fear, insecurity, pride, self-interest—

which all too easily lead to compromise and indifference.

Tolerance quickly becomes neglectful in dealing with sin…

which is exactly where the Enemy wants us.

In Germany no one believed the cruelties of Hitler.

Until they visited the death camps for themselves.

Only a few brave souls spoke out against the atrocities—

losing their lives in the process.

Ecclesiastes 3 says, There’s a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for peace and a time for war,

a time to speak and a time to be silent.

 

We should definitely seek every opportunity to be Kind,

but not at the expense of doing right,

and not to avoid pointing out evil when necessary.

In the Psalms, mercy and truth, righteousness and peace can co-exist—

these were created to work together.

When a man’s ways please the Lord,

He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

And a true friend confronts the wrong in another.

In the first few chapters of Proverbs, wisdom begs us to listen to her,

to pay attention and follow her instructions.

God never called His people to merely be nice—

God called His people to be holy.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  –  Proverbs 1:7

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With wisdom comes knowledge—

we can know,

when it’s right to be kind,

And when it’s permitted in God’s eyes to be something other than nice.

Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.  –  James 5:20

 

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