Friday – March 15, 2024

Deuteronomy 4-5; Luke 6

by Kelli Simpkins 

Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” Luke 6:9

There is a verse from a show tune that has stuck with me ever since I heard it: “You’re so nice. You’re not good, you’re not kind, you’re just nice.” Being nice is fine, but God calls us to be so much more. To be good and kind.

What’s the difference, you ask? The definition of nice is “pleasant; agreeable”. This is the kind of person the Pharisees wanted to see. They were very, “Do as we say and don’t ask questions” so when Jesus went against their laws, they were enraged. They were so focused on having their superficial rules respected, that they were unable to see their Messiah for who he was.

The definition of kind is “generous, helpful, and caring about other people”. Kindness requires you to open your eyes to the world around you and give of yourself. Jesus wasn’t being “nice” when he broke the Pharisees’ law. He was being kind and doing good works in his Father’s name. This is the kind of person Jesus was, is, and calls us to be.

Sometimes you may have to forgo being nice to be kind in God’s eyes. Any time Jesus was “disagreeable”, it was because he was showing us how our behavior was not God-honoring and trying to lead us closer to Him. You may have to lovingly confront a friend or loved one who you know is living in sin. You may feel led to speak out against a religious practice that you know is not biblical. Whatever the case, don’t allow yourself to be caught up in a culture of niceness that pulls you away from God’s standard of kindness.