Friday, January 27, 2012

Would Others Describe You As Tender?


TENDER.
Showing gentleness and concern.
>Soft.
>Delicate.
>Gentle.
>Affectionate.
>Loving.



Have you tried being tender towards someone that has wronged you?  It is nearly impossible.  In the heat of the moment, tenderness is replaced with deep anger, spite, animosity, revenge, and eventually hatred and bitterness.  

Ephesians 4:32 says, "and be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven you.

Has forgiven you.
Has forgiven you.
HE FORGAVE YOU!



And so, when I'm tempted to let bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and words of evil filled up in my heart come out, I will put it away.  He tells me to.

If we want to be tender people, we must be a forgiving people.  How can we be a forgiving people?  

1) Preach the gospel to yourself daily.
2) Be filled with the Spirit.
3) Pray for those who wrong you or persecute you or who simply are harder to love.  

If you do this, you will be described as a tender person, full of compassion, and looking a lot like our Savior, Jesus Christ!

How about we start being tender towards those in our own house first and foremost?  


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6 comments :

  1. I love the quote that you used. Did you create the image for it? Beautiful! (Do you allow others to download and use it?)

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  2. I have been working on this! I definitely have come a long way, but definitely have a long way to go still!

    Great post!

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  3. So true, just what I need to hear.

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  4. Thanks for sharing - I love that quote!!

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  5. Amen, Traci!! Thanks for sharing this. I really needed to hear this today! Absolutely beautiful photos, too. Blessings to you!

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