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 …”

A Final Post on Giving

There are two very important truths that have to do with giving. One is the principle of the harvest. The harvest is always larger than the seed. Planting a seed will produce a multiplicity of fruit. One seed may yield a product of hundreds. This is very important to remember when you are giving to something to the Kingdom of God.
The second principle comes from Matthew 6:19-21. Where you spend your money, outside of the necessities of life, that is where your heart strings are tied. Giving and spending patterns reveal your heart. This is an awesome regulator for each of us. Outside of your needs, calculate where your money is going, and it will reveal your heart.

Giving (continued)

Here are four reasons why I believe we should still be giving a tithe. (1) The tithe predates the Law. Abram paid a tenth before Moses ever came onto the scene. (Gen. 14) Therefore I believe it is a principle that God placed into motion before the Law existed. I believe it is a principle to be followed just as God gave us a Sabbath rest principle in the 7 day week. (2) If your point would be that we live under grace and not law, I would challenge you to then give well beyond a tenth. What the Law required, is far outweighed by grace. Therefore a tenth does not meet the standard of Grace! (I will give the last two in the next post) God bless!

Giving

Last week I preached on giving, and I will be this week again. It is probably the most uncomfortable I have been in preaching for a while. I don’t think it came across that way, but it makes you trust Him completely. It is interesting how boldly I can share with people that they are going to an eternal hell without Jesus, but it becomes difficult to tell them to obey God in this area. In my recent study I have come to believe, and know it is very controversial, that the tithe is still for our day and time. If you would like to hear my four reasons for it, I will share them in the next blog. Stay tuned!