Hello, My Name Is (week 2)
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves (Proverbs 11:17 NIV).
But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips (Colossians 3:8 NIV).
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2 NIV).
CONTEXT OF SCRIPTURE
In the Proverbs passage Solomon is basically saying that things go well for kind people, but not so much for cruel people. In the Colossians verses we’re told to rid ourselves of bad virtues. While most of us get this and work to apply these verses to the way we treat others, we rarely consider these verses when we think about the way we treat ourselves.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if people were just honest about themselves the first day?
What if the mean guy at school was adopted by your parents and moved into your house?
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is actually a reality for most of us.
Who do you spend more time around than anyone else? Who’s there with you in every class, in between classes, and before and after school? The answer is you.
Most of us say things to ourselves that we would never say to anyone else.
It’s a record that plays in our heads without us even trying.
What happens when we fill in that blank of “Hello, name is ____” with negative messages?
Solomon basically says that things go well for kind people, but not so much for cruel people.
We’ve never considered that the cruel things we say about ourselves and think about ourselves have the potential to ruin us.
But when you get in the habit of being cruel to you, it can bring some ruin upon you.
On the ip side, Solomon says that being kind can bene t you. Here’s a simple way to remember it: be kind to yourself.
God, who created oceans and snowflakes and outer space— that same God is reflected IN YOU.
What you say about you reflects what you believe about God, & it impacts how you treat others.
More importantly, what we say about ourselves is a critique on God!
Even if you agree that you need to be kinder to yourself, it’s not always easy to change how you think, is it?
Paul isn’t referring to these things only in relation to how we treat others. This includes the way we talk to ourselves, too.
When you find yourself saying things to yourself that you’d never say to anyone else, you’ve probably crossed the line from kind to cruel.
How do you get rid of something? Well, one of the best ways is to replace it with something else.
According to Paul, you can choose to place your mind somewhere else.
You can’t control when a thought pops up, but you can absolutely decide whether it’s worth “setting your mind” on it all day.
When you take your mind off of you and set it on truths about the One who made you, it will lead you to be kinder to yourself and others in the process.
As you head out today, I want you to think about the way you talk to yourself.