"Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel". -Proverbs 11:17
Sometimes it is easy to be cruel without thinking of it when we are hurting or frustrated or insecure.
Have you ever thought of how easilly the words "I don't like her/him," roll off our tongues? I hear it often; I've said it too, but think about how prideful that is - that because a one or a few things a person does rub us the wrong way we can just decide that we don't like them - as if we decide who has value and who does not.
When we feel insecure because another woman looks good, we criticize her and say that she must be "trying too hard" or be really vain, and we are just real...or worse - we tell her or say to others "I hate her" - acting as if it's in jest, but in our hearts we know the truth.
But when we can be confident in who God has created us to be, and in the victory that Christ died for us to receive, and the great triumphs that He has overcome in us and forgiven in us - we can allow others to be free as well.
Speak Life, kindness into the world - Lord knows how dearly it is needed.