A note from our pastor:
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”Ephesians 4:32
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
As a final concluding thought the Apostle leaves disciples with instructions for behaviors which should be undertaken in contrast to those which should be avoided in the prior verse.
Each of these behaviors can be examined separetely, but all together they equate to love one another as Christ has loved you. This is the ultimate instruction for how disciples should behave one toward another — in love because of the knowledge of the love of Christ.
First, the Apostle instructs to be kind one to another. This is not limited to when a brother or sister stumbles in their walk as some would make it out to be. Rather this is the base level of behavior. If you can accomplish no other form of loving one another, at least treat one another with kindness.
Second, be tenderhearted in contrast to those which are hard hearted. In other words, have empathy and compassion. Be aware of the struggles which others face and engage in charity. Have a mindset of community before individual.
Finally, forgive one another as Christ has forgiven you. This is the highest level of brotherly love. Forgiving as Christ forgives means not requiring amends to be made or seeking anything in return for your forgiveness. It is selfless and yet it is fulfilling for your own soul as well as for your brothers and sisters.
When we engage in these behaviors, we focus our service on one another and upon the Lord and his love is shone unto the world.
Our Prayers are with you daily,