To my favourite ISFJ
My claim is startling, but I find kind souls unfit for this cruel, corrupted world. On the contrary, Jesus has a paradoxical point-of-view about kindness compared to mine.
Before you go on judging, just take time to ponder and read this until the end.
I would invite you guys to think deeply about this matter. Observe how this world has treated kindness for weakness. If you found your colleague having trouble finishing their work, and you felt compassion for them, don’t be surprised if they keep approaching you to complete their work.
This situation is common both in school and workplace grounds. In school, it is no surprise if in a group setting, you found yourself or with one or two group mates in a group of five, completing a group project alone. Rarely, there are people who would ask “do you need any help?” exist.
In a corporate world, if you remain kind, there will be people who would use you to run errands, complete their work, or even bring you down. If you keep on helping others, you won’t reach the top position fast. Therefore, using the world’s spectacles, I perceive kindness for weakness.
Let’s bring meekness into attention now. I pity those who are “soft” at heart because this world is definitely going to crush them inside out. This is why the world has labelled meekness for being vulnerable and the weaklings.
Living in this world has taught me that it is cold, brutal and just harsh. You cannot be submissive, you MUST make people submit to you. This is why power is just so desirable, isn’t it? addictive, isn’t it? You have to have a stone heart in order to push through all pebbles in life.
If you are planning on being quiet, gentle, and patient, basically on being meek, live in the woods. This is probably the best advice I can give to you. There, in the woods, you can lead an quiet and gentle life. You can be patient where nobody is going to come at you, rushing you to achieve the target or reach a certain goal. You can take one breathe at a time.
On the contrary, living in big cities, you have to seize every moment. Be as aggressive as possible. Corporate world does not like people who are quiet. Be as loud as you can be so that you can relieve your stress, or even better, be at the top. Gossiping, depreciating others (colleagues, classmates, bosses, teachers), putting up a good profile for yourself, and more. Doesn’t that sound good?
Therefore, meekness has no room in this world. If you are a meek person living in big cities, you will run out of tears. I hope to see the day where your smile be genuine, because I am not surprise if you have become someone cold.
Don’t let me get started with those who are pure at hearts. I do not know how they can go about their lives, labelled as naive people. Try to be optimist, try to live up to your values and principles, “that’s too idealistic Korsky,” the world says. The world is tough; the world is hard; an eye for an eye; a life for a life; and that’s life.
However, give your full attention to this.
However, Jesus said something paradoxical about what kindness is, contrasting from what I and the world perceive of what it was.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:5,7-9;
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure at heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
This is the paradoxical view that I was talking about. How come those who are meek inherit the Earth? The reality is if you are a submissive person, you will be under someone’s shoes and never be first. And, if you are not first, how can you inherit the Earth?
And if you are merciful, people will just take your mercy for granted. Therefore, how in the world those who are merciful receive mercy?
Now, the third verse makes sense. If you are pure at heart, you shall see God (literally). This makes sense to me.
And so if you are peacemakers, you will be the weak ones. The world taught us to sue, to fight, and to defend your position. You want peace? I want my rights. This is what the world teaches us, not to be the peacemakers but the rights fighters.
Jesus, however, said blessed are those who practice kindness, for your reward is great in the latter world.
To the meek, Jesus sees the unseen. He knows your struggles and dilemma in being gentle to difficult people, quiet when angry, and soft in loving and forgiving all kinds of people.
To those who are pure at heart, you are blessed not because they see God literally. But because you can see what God sees and feel what God feels. You will come into an understanding of God’s soft heart for the needy and the brokenhearted. Truly, to have a pure heart is a blessing
To the peacemakers, how privilege they are to be called sons and daughters of God. In fact, I’d like to believe that God is proud of the peacemakers because they are doing what the Father desires most, for us to live in peace and harmony. They love when it is unconditional, forgive when it is undeserving, and forget when it is impossible.
To the merciful, even when you extend mercy thus people stepped on you, God said you will receive mercy. He is not saying that you will receive mercy from the people who bring you down but you have received mercy from Him first.
While we are still sinners, unfaithful, and unable to work out our righteousness, God extends His mercy to us, giving us our righteousness freely in expense of His one and only beloved son, Jesus. He took the cross in our place, loving us wholeheartedly.
The paradox of kindness lies on where the world labelled kindness for weakness, God sees it as a strength and rewards them. He understands that it is not easy to practice kindness, especially in this corrupted world. However there is reward for those who do kindness, and the rewards are not of this world, but for the latter world – When Jesus comes for the second time to this world.
God bless your heart for those who are able to do kindness in this cold, harsh world.