Final Post on Ephesians 4:32

I have shared the concept of kindness, tenderhearted, and being forgiving from Ephesians. These three things are to be added into your life, and you are to be characterized by these three qualities.

The purpose clause comes at the end of the verse. It says, “as God in Christ forgave you.” That settles it! If a loving, holy, just, God can forgive a sinner full of sin, than it is imperative that you be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving to everyone, as God has been to you! Have you, through Jesus, received forgiveness of your sins? Then spread the wealth!

Forgiveness

Of the three imperatives in this verse – Ephesians 4:32 this is without a doubt the most difficult for some to obey. The verse states, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” I will share a number of various thoughts on this concept, but I want you to focus now on just the idea of extending forgiveness.

I have known many who have harbored anger, bitterness, and unkind thoughts for years. The idea of not extending forgiveness to someone will cripple you, and often not even impact the other person. (Many times they don’t even know of the harbored ill thoughts) Anger and bitterness only destroy and weaken the container and the vessel that holds them. If you read verse 30-31 right before this verse you will see that you are grieving the Holy Spirit when you decide to not extend forgiveness.

Life is short –
Live Life with a Clear Mind and Heart towards Others!

Kindness

One of my favorite verses and one of the most probing verses of Scripture is Ephesians 4:32. It says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

In our next couple of posts we will examine the various aspects of this verse. It is quite a verse, and for most of us, a very difficult one to live and flesh out at times in our life. For now, start with the first part and be kind to the next six people you see!