Kind, Tender Hearted, Forgiving

Monday, January 22, 2018

As Paul wraps up the fourth chapter of his letter to the Ephesians he gives us three qualities we are to embody when dealing with fellow believers; kindness, tender heartedness and forgiveness. He opened this chapter imploring us to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.”

The three qualities he wraps up the chapter with would seem to embody what it means to walk worthy of our calling. Between those opening and closing thoughts Paul explains how each one of us has certain gifts and roles to play in the body of Christ. And while each gift, each part to be played, is unique the purpose is for the building up of the body, the church, so that we will have something to share with those who have needs.

There is a difficult simplicity in the word of Paul in this chapter. While his words are plain and easy to understand, the actions required to act selflessly do not come easily to us. But the more we practice being kind and tender hearted and forgiving the easier it becomes. It’s a journey we must not delay as we seek to take up our own parts in building God’s kingdom.

This week during Mid Day Prayer Time I’ll be sharing for the second half of Ephesians chapter 4.

Mon 01/22               Ephesians 4:17 – 19
Tue 01/23                Ephesians 4:20 – 24
Wed 01/24               Ephesians 4:25 – 27
Thu 01/25                Ephesians 4:28  30
Fri 01/26                  Ephesians 4:31 – 32

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