And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
All structures start with a foundation that everything else is built upon. Ephesians 4:32 provides three commands. The first command is to be kind to one another, the second is to be tenderhearted, and the third is to be forgiving. These commands are like a structure, each item building upon the other with the foundation being forgiveness.
It’s quite difficult to be kind if your heart is not tender. It’s even harder to have a tender heart if you are an unforgiving person. Unforgiveness leads to a calloused heart, and from a calloused heart kindness will not flow.
Here is a reality check: If you are having a difficult time being kind to a particular person and you find your heart is hardened toward them, ask yourself if the underlying cause is failure to forgive. Remember, we forgive others because God forgives us.
Lord, help me to follow Your example in being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving.