When you read Galatians 5:22-23, you read about the fruits of the Spirit. Ever wonder why Bible translations never use the word nice or niceness? How about when you correct your child who is being selfish or mean-spirited with another child, do we use the word nice or kind? I thought it was genius of the snack bar (notice: it is not a health bar) KIND to put an ad out distinguishing between kind and nice.
In 15 seconds, KIND tells you the difference between NICE and KIND. Nice tells you what you want to hear and Kind is honest. Simple definition and I always live by the John Stott quote:
Our love grows soft if it is not strengthened by truth, and our truth grows hard if it is not softened by love.
Kindness is so much more than just one word; it is a character trait that is developed in us by the Holy Spirit. Kindness takes the love and truth and presents it to another person in communicable fashion. I used to tell my children, ” Now that was not nice! Go apologize.” This may be just fine and I am not saying we should never say the word nice, but I now go for words and teaching moments that matter the most.
If I were to define the word “nice,” I would say it is the first level of appropriateness that uses the least amount of your time, money and resources to save the status quo. I know, a bit complex and harsh, but think about how we use the word. Someone leaves us a Facebook birthday message, that was nice. Someone holds the door open for you, that was nice. You drop a paper or item on the floor, and the person next you picks it up for you, that was nice. You get an envelope with $1,500 cash and a note that says “God told me to do it,” that’s nice? No, that was kindness and goodness combined. It’s like the word “love,” we misuse it often. I love my wife, I love my children, I love Jesus. Do I then love sushi? ( I do like it with a certain passion)
I am not sure if I am amazed by the word kind and what it means or by the fact that I was edified by an advertisement intended to do sales.