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.