From: David Kabanje
Date: November 30, 2021
Subject: GMU: What Kindness Leads to

What Kindness Leads to 

Beautiful People, 

As I was responding to a discussion post for my program, a peculiar phrase popped up, “clear is kind.” The ambiguous statement intrigued my curiosity, and I searched the internet to discover its origin and context. It was popularized by Brene Brown, a researcher professor at the University of Houston. The concept “clear is kind” speaks to the freedom of transparency. I praise God that He is transparent and that His kindness brings clarity. I know, from a finite perspective, what to expect of His character because of Scripture. God is consistent (James 1:17 and Hebrews 13:8). “Clear is kind” speaks to the inconsistent nature that violates our core beliefs. “Clear is kind” demands that we live a life of integrity that is true to our calling in Christ. “Clear is kind” is not an excuse to be “the nice guy or girl” so that people like us. “Clear is kind” denounces the ideology that you need to bargain your core values to be loved, accepted, and wanted by other people. “Clear is kind” creates a culture of courage, transparency, and authenticity.

For me, “clear is kind” is a supernatural indicator of the Spirit’s transformative work within me. Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. God’s kindness leads us to be men and women that are coherent, generous, loving and oriented on truth. One author puts it like this, “Our kindness reflects the heart of our Father.” If that is true, then “clear is kind” demands that we live a life of consistent, sacrificial, and unconditional love. “Clear is kind” lets people know where you stand. As Jesus said before, “they will know that you are my disciples by your love, clear?” 

"Clear is kind" is a powerful reminder to live and lovce authentically in Jesus Christ.