Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
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Being Kind and Tender 4.24.2016
KJV Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

As we look at the words of Ephesians 4:32, most of us would have a good idea of what it means to be kind, but we might have more difficulty understanding what it means to tenderhearted. Synonyms would be compassionate and kind.

The hymnwriter of our offertory hymn, Jean Pigott (1845-1882) wrote the following words in which she spoke of how she had discovered the key to having a loving or tender heart. It was through resting in who Jesus was, Her Saviour, and that by having ongoing fellowship with Him she was finding out the greatness of His loving heart. For it was by His transforming power, that she had been made whole and as she continued to gaze on Him in His Word, His beauty filled her soul. She by grace was living in the newness of the Spirit which had made her a new creation in Christ Jesus. She had put off the old, was continually being renewed in the spirit of her mind and had put on the new. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee, and Thy beauty fills my soul,
For by Thy transforming power, thou hast made me whole.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless, satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings, meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings: thine is love indeed!

Ever lift Thy face upon me as I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ’neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus, earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory, sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting, fill me with Thy grace.

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Jean, who lived only 37 years here on this earth wrote of how she was resting in the joy of who Jesus is. Her Saviour and Redeemer, the One who suffered, died and rose again from the dead, triumphing over sin, death and hell.

As we are hearing from this letter to the Ephesians, we are a new creation who have been created after God in righteousness and true holiness, Jesus now lives in us by His Spirit and therefore our heart is after the things of God. That is not the impulse of our heart as His children. We see this reflected in the hymn that is before us.

In our short text today, we are called to be kind and tender, compassionate. Why? Because that is who we now are? Are we always kind and compassionate? No. Why not? Because as we heard a couple of Sundays ago, we have been freed from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, but not from the presence of sin.

So that means that we are still susceptible to being unkind, and lacking in tenderness compassion.


Tenderheartedness Is Different from Weakness

There is a tenderness that has no justice in it, no morality, no love of the good, no hatred of the bad. It is the overflowing of an easy nature that often works irreparable wrong just because it has not strength enough to take a firm stand for what is right.

But it also knows how lonely people are; how sad the heart may be for all the laughter; how heavily the burden of the cross may weigh, although the face is always brave and bright. Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted.

You can never tell what that other soul is bearing. The men and women you are inclined to envy--if you knew all, you might not envy them.


Causes Which Make Tenderheartedness Difficult

1. Tradition: We grow accustomed to patterns and lose the specialness of our fellowship.

2. The struggles of life--The busyness, the stress, the strain.

3. Sin--It is the greatest enemy of tenderness, for it always hardens the heart, by causing it to grow callouses, it loses its ability to hear, to see, and to feel God.



Casual or surface knowledge of another may be misleading.
There are many who outwardly appear to be not very tender, but those who know them best know that they are tender. If we would have seen Jesus speaking to the Pharisees, we would not have thought him to be kind, but yet children readily approached him for they detected his kind and tender heart.

It is almost always because we know one only after their outward appearance, or what we have heard about them that we will have a wrong understanding of who a person is.

KJV 2 Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

Tender memories move us towards God.

The prodigal son remembered his father's house and as a result said, "I will arise and go unto my father."

One of departed preachers in our ALCA related of how the memory of his mother caused him to come to repentance and turn to the Lord for for forgiveness. As he and his brothers were leaving their home to go spend the night partying, the tender words that his mother spoke to them as she kneeled on the floor washing it, one day bore fruit: She said, "Boys, there is a better way."

But nothing moves us towards tenderness more than knowing the tenderness of Christ towards us in bringing us redemption. And this takes us back to the hymn "I am resting in what thou art."

Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee, and Thy beauty fills my soul,
For by Thy transforming power, thou hast made me whole.

Now if there is one scene that sensitive hearts would shrink from, it is the awful scene of crucifixion. We never could have endured to look on Calvary, and yet it is Calvary that works tenderness in us. Is not that strange? A story I heard will explain it. There was a lady who was very beautiful--all excepting her hands, which were misshapen and marred. And for many a long day her little daughter had wondered what was the meaning of these repulsive hands. At last she said to her: "Mother, I love your face, and I love your eyes and your hair, they are so beautiful. But I cannot love your hands, they are so ugly." And then the mother told her about her hands: how ten years ago the house had taken fire, and how the nursery upstairs was in a blaze, and how she had rushed to the cradle and snatched the baby from it, and how her hands from that hour had been destroyed. And the baby saved was her little listening daughter. And then the daughter kissed the shapeless hands (that she used to shrink from, before she knew their story), and she said: "Mother, I love your face and your eyes and your hair; but I love your hands now best of all."

Prayer

May today be the day we understand why the suffering and death on the cross by Jesus. May we come to see more clearly that it was out of tender love that He suffered and died, and through that knowledge may we be continually transformed so that we would have the heart that he has for all.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 24 Apr 2016 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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