In Ephesians Chapter 4, Paul is exhorting Christians to be Christ honoring in their behaviors. He encourages them to clean up their speech, eliminating unwholesome talk, and speak only words of encouragement that build others up. (29) He does not want us grieving the Holy Spirit by our actions, thoughts and deeds that he lists in verse 31, bitterness, rage, anger, arguing, fighting, being slanderous, or doing any kind of evil. In Ephesians 4:32 Paul tell us what actions and thoughts would be Christ honoring in our lives. “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
What does it mean to be tenderhearted? The dictionary defines it as ‘soft-hearted, sympathetic’. Does that describe your heart? Because of Christ’s transforming love, do you react to the world with a kind, forgiving and sympathetic heart? Paul is telling us that because we are forgiven and Christ lives within us we can react and interact with the world through a kind, tenderhearted, forgiving heart. Let this be your challenge today. Ask Jesus to let you see the world through a heart that is tender and loving towards those around you.
Loving with a tender heart is what Jesus did while on earth and He desires us to continue showing that love towards others in His name.