Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?
Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:1-3 (NLT)
Now there is a scripture we would do well to meditate on, don’t you think? Are you encouraged that you belong to Christ? Do you have comfort in his love? Do you fellowship together with the Spirit? But the biggie is . . . are you making the Lord happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with others, loving each other and working together with one mind and purpose?
I know I need to look in the mirror.
I love my relationship with the Lord and I am so grateful that I belong to him, and I have such comfort in his love, and cherish my fellowship with his Holy Spirit. But I have to confess my heart regularly goes astray when it comes to always being tenderhearted and compassionate, as I know the Lord would have me to be. I know that I am way too often offended. How about you?
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32
I am sure you would admit the body of Christ, the church, is more divided than ever! We are not agreeing wholeheartedly with each other and loving each other or working together with one mind and purpose. If we were, the world would definitely be a different place, don’t you think? We must seriously look not only at how we treat believers, but how are we treating unbelievers?
You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Luke 6:36
The Lord wants us to be tenderhearted and compassionate to all. We are the Lord’s ambassadors, his representatives, his chosen who he loves. He wants us to clothe ourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. He wants us to make allowances for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends us. We are to be like him in this world!
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9
Christ died to take away your stony, stubborn heart and to give you a tender responsive heart, and he put his Spirit in you so that you would have the strength to obey him – but the choice is always yours!