Have you ever noticed how little the bible says about being NICE?

Does God ever tell us to be nice? To the contrary, the bible says be careful when men speak well of you…thats being nice.

Luke 6:26  (NKJV)

26 Woe to you[a] when all[b] men speak well of you,
For so did their fathers to the false prophets.

The bible speaks of men flattering and blessing with their mouths but, hiding what’s in their hearts.

Psalm 5:9 (NKJV)

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
Their inward part is destruction;
Their throat is an open tomb;
They flatter with their tongue.

Psalm 62:4New King James Version (NKJV)

They only consult to cast him down from his high position;
They delight in lies;
They bless with their mouth,
But they curse inwardly. 

That’s being nice.

There’s a reason that being nice isn’t a fruit of the spirit. The devil knows how to be ‘nice’…

2 Corinthians 11:14 (NKJV)

14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. However, kindness is an outward expression of love. It’s doing what best for others with a sincere heart, even if it’s uncomfortable to them.

Telling someone that they acted foolishly may not seem nice, but it is kind. Giving loving constructive criticism may not be nice, but it’s kind. Disciplining a child, (or adult) may not be nice, but it’s kind.

Here’s how I put it…

Being NICE is being good with a personal agenda.

Being KIND is being good with God’s agenda.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.



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  1. Reminds me of this song’s chorus:

    You gotta be cruel to be kind in the right measure
    Cruel to be kind, it’s a very good sign
    Cruel to be kind, means that I love you baby
    (You’ve gotta be cruel)
    You gotta be cruel to be kind

    Have a blessed day! \o/
    (now I will have this chorus loop-ing in my head all day…)

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  2. God keeps speaking to me loudly (yet, gently) today. I have a post coming out tomorrow, I think you’ll like it, and near the near I also mention the fruits of the Spirit. God is amazing!

    I saw the difference as I was reading your post between nice and kind, and I like your description of the words.

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  3. What we treasure in our hearts is known by God, and what He treasures in us, is a genuine, honest conversation with us. His Word is peppered with salt…because He loves…He speaks the Truth. AMEN – So being more like Him, we are given His fullness…which includes a seasoning of discernment. AMEN – Your post inspires me to be kind, with words aptly spoken. AMEN

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