Be Tenderhearted

Be Tenderhearted

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  (Eph 4:32)

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous . . . (1 Pet 3:8)

. . . because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.  (2 Chr 34:27)

Tenderhearted means kind, gentle, compassionate, or sympathetic.  We don’t often consider this, but tenderheartedness is an attribute of Jesus.  This is why He was reported to have wept over Jerusalem.  (Lk 19:41)  He saw into their future, and He had compassion for all of the people who lived there.

So, too, the Lord wants us to be tenderhearted toward others.  He wants our compassion and gentleness to move us to help others and to be merciful to them.  Someone who is tenderhearted would never rejoice over someone else’s calamity or misfortune.  Rather they would be moved to have sympathy for them, and to pray for them and consider how they might be able to help them.

And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He [Jesus] said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”  And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.  (Mk 3:5 – parenthesized word added)

Jesus did this miracle deliberately even though He knew that the scribes who were in the crowd were silently critical of His actions.  Their hardness of heart angered the Lord, but He determined to continue to minister His love and mercy in spite of their doubt and criticism.  He demonstrated His tenderheartedness to the man with the withered hand.

Let us always have a tender heart towards ALL who need salvation, healing, and mercy.  Jesus gave us His example to follow by ministering to those who were hurting, in pain, or impoverished due to a sickness or disease with which they had been afflicted.  Jesus came to bring salvation to mankind, and He tenderheartedly fulfilled His assignment.  Hallelujah!

God is in a Good Mood

God is in a Good Mood

 

Here’s a great idea:  God is in a good mood!  Yes, He is.  Here are some concepts to mull over.

And God can give you more blessings than you need. Then you will always have plenty of everything—enough to give to every good work.1  Because God IS good and because He loves you, not only is He able to give you more blessings than you need but He is eager and WILLING to do so! 2

Give thanks to the Lord because he is good. His love continues forever.3  God’s love for us continues forever—it’s nonstop!  And His goodness towards each one of His children is nonstop.  That’s another way to say that He’s in a good mood.  He views each one of us as the person that He has created us to be, fulfilling His call upon our lives and bringing glory to the Kingdom of God.  How could He not be in a good mood when He thinks of us with perfect love4 so therefore His expectations for us are good?

QuotationGod describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. God is good and, by nature, in a good mood.
~ Sourcehttp://bssm.net/about/corevalues

God is good and His nature influences everything about Him. His own goodness and love for His creation keeps Him in a “good mood,” which is a human concept, of course.  It’s a wonderful way to think of God, though; because thanks to Jesus, we are able to communicate with and approach the Lord always, for any reason.6 Hurray!

  1. 2 Cor 9:8
  2. Mat 8:3; Mk 1:41; Lk 5:13; Jer 29:11; Ps 35:27; 37:4; Mal 3:10; Php 4:19; Mt 6:33; Eph 1:3
  3. Ps 136:1
  4. 1 Cor 13:4-8
  5. Ps 103:8-14; Num 14:18; Zep 3:17; Gal 5:22-23; Mat 7:11; Ex 34:5-7
  6. Heb 4:16; 2 Cor 5:18; 20; Eph 3:12

Jesus Is Willing!

Jesus Is Willing!

Greetings, in Jesus’ Name.  Whatever your need today, Jesus is compassionate and willing to help you.

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing, be cleansed.’  Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  (Matthew 8:3 NKJV)

Jesus said, “I am willing.”  Jesus is always willing to defeat Satan; to emulate His Father in heaven; and to heal the sick.  Jesus was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil (1 Joh 3:8b).  Healing was on His agenda because healing is “the children’s bread” according to Matthew 15:26. We are His children so healing is always FOR US. (Rom 8:16)

Ask Jesus to work in your life and circumstances to destroy the works of the enemy.  He will not disappoint you. (Isa 50:7; Php 1:20)  Jesus is Faithful and True!  (Rev 3:14)