Tenderhearted – Ephesians 4:32 (continued)

From “kindness” the verse goes on to the next word “tender- hearted”. This word is used only two times in all of the Bible. The other verse where this word is used is 1Peter 3:8. It says, “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”

You notice that in 1 Peter 3:8 the word sympathy is used. Tenderhearted therefore is a different word than just being sorrowful. The word comes two root words that are “well” and “intestines”. The idea is that your very inner being is to be compassionate, soft, and tender toward other people. It is not enough to be just kind and nice. As a believer in Jesus Christ, you must engage compassionately, from your inner being to assist, help, and touch others!

Hardened hearts suffer, become calloused, and don’t care about others. A tender heart is helpful, caring, and engaging!

“Be kind one to another, tenderhearted …”