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!

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 …”

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!