Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
When one simply took a couple minutes to rewind the videotape that would mean that the next person could just pop the tape in and start watching. It is not much, but it is just being considerate to the next person. If one gets in the habit of doing it, it is a little nicer for the next person. It’s true that the next person could rewind. But it was a nice habit of thinking of the next person. What if that was our habit in all our ways. It’s nice when someone goes through a door and then holds it open for the next person. Or four cars simultaneously come to a four way stop intersection and someone lets everyone else go first. Or you give a needy person a cold bottle of water on a hot day. Not big things, but considerate things. It is the putting of the needs of self behind the needs of others. Yes, many say “forget that.” Well, hopefully then will learn. For us who care, for the Called, let do the little acts of kindness, and the big ones as we can. It involves caring for others, whether you know them or not. It is helping someone who trips and falls get back up and giving them a smile and inquiring if they are okay. It is letting someone else have the last cold drink in the refrigerator. Being kind and tenderhearted means that you are in the habit of considering the needs of others and sincerely would like to help them so they will feel better. It is crying with the hurting. Being tenderhearted is forgiving one another. No one who has professed love will then be unforgiving. Jesus said to forgive or we would not be forgiven. Why? It is not because we disobeyed for not forgiving. It is because if we don’t forgive we don’t love. We don’t love God and we don’t love each other, the two highest commands. If we don’t have love then we don’t have God. So if we don’t forgive, we don’t love and we deceive ourselves by thinking we belong to Jesus. Only those who love, as God loves, belong to Jesus. After all God loved us then He sent Jesus so that we could be forgiven.
Be kind. Be tenderhearted. Help each other because you want to. Forgive each other. It starts with love and ends with love and it shows who we are, who we belong to. It shows we are children of God. Stop, think, go back if you need to correct something. Do that for yourself, do it for others, do it to be like the God you love. Be kind, please rewind. Thank God that He is within and enabling your heart to be soft and considerate. Thank God that He rewinded and erased the video tape of all the things you are ashamed of. Praise God! Always praise God!
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Micah 6:8 – He has shown You, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of You but to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with Your God.This entry was posted in Devotion and tagged Ephesians, Micah, Psalm by Bob with