Be Kind, Compassionate and Forgiving to One Another

I can think of a lot of things that I want from those whom I love the most, but I would be hard pressed to find something greater than to Be Kind, Compassionate and Forgiving to One Another. In order for those three actions to be present and prevalent in a relationship, love must exist. Love of God and love of the person. It takes the love of God to prompt you to forgive someone who has hurt you especially when it was intentional. It takes the love of God and a mindset bent on emulating Jesus in order to Be Kind, Compassionate and Forgiving to One Another.

As I was going to 1 Peter this morning, Ephesians 4:32 surfaced. It was quoted at church yesterday. It was one of the first verses that my daughter remembers learning. In fact, we have a light moment over it from time to time because of the word “hath” used in the King James. Hath serves a reminder to her to be kind, compassionate and forgiving. When she is giving it to her brother for something he did or as she is expressing her frustration/anger at someone even me, all I have to do is say “Hath”. The Word of God is sharper than a double-edge sword. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. The Word makes us take a step back and reflect on our behavior. Is it indicative of God or us.

Ephesians 4:32
And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (KJV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)

That’s the Word of God. According to the Vines Expository Dictionary, the Greek word for kind is chrēstos (khrā-sto’s) means primarily signifies “fit for use, able to be used” (akin to chraomai, “to use”), hence, “good, virtuous, mild, pleasant” (in contrast to what is hard, harsh, sharp, bitter). It is said

(a) of the character of God as “kind, gracious,” Luk 6:35; 1Pe 2:3; “good,” Rom 2:4, where the neuter of the adjective is used as a noun, “the goodness” (cp. the corresponding noun chrestotes, “goodness,” in the same verse);

(b) of the yoke of Christ, Mat 11:30, “easy” (a suitable rendering would be “kindly”);

(c) of believers, Eph 4:32;

(d) of things, as wine, Luk 5:39, RV, “good,” for AV, “better” (cp. Jer 24:3, 5, of figs);

(e) ethically, of manners, 1Cr 15:33.

There are two other expectations in the verse: compassionate and forgiving. I would not attempt to address those today, but we understand what kind means in contrast to what is hard, harsh, sharp or bitter. Can we focus on being kind today out of reverence for Christ and a desire to be like Jesus? God, through Paul, has commanded us to Be Kind, Compassionate and Forgiving to One Another. As followers of Christ, we do not have an option as to whether we want to be kind to someone today. We are told to do so. While I am not attempting to address being compassionate and forgiving, it should be noted that we will not be kind in truly unless we are compassionate and forgiving.

If someone offends or hurts us, the last thing, in the flesh, we want to do is to be compassionate and forgiving. God has called us all to walk in the Spirit; therefore, let us surrender right now to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Let us accept that when we are offended today that we will show compassion, which is an action not solely a feeling, and forgiveness by being kind to the person who trespassed against us. This is especially true for those who are in the body of Christ. Remember 1 Peter 3:9, Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

Be blessed by making the effort to Be Kind, Compassionate and Forgiving to One Another.


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