December 11, 2016
The Action Plan
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. >Ephesians 4:32
Okay, let's do a quick breakdown:
Kind. Comes from the Greek word chrestos. It means being "good," "serviceable" and "benevolent" to others. When someone is in need, serve them. When someone is in want, provide for them. Don't just talk about it, do it.
Compassionate. Comes from the Greek word eusplagchnos. It means to be tender-hearted. The religious, but hard-hearted priest walked around the man lying on the road. The tender-hearted Good Samaritan stopped and tended to the needs of the wounded man. There are plenty of wounded people around us. Show compassion.
Forgiving. Comes from the Greek word charizomai which comes from charis (grace). We are grace-givers. We should always be willing to pardon the wrongs done to us, just as in Christ God has pardoned our sin toward Him.
Oh, did I mention that these words are in the imperative? That means they are commands. This verse doesn't fall under the category of "suggestions." So, go be kind, compassionate and forgiving today. When you lay your head on the pillow tonight, you'll be able to smile with God.
Lord, give us a willing heart to do what You command us to do. Give us the strength to be kind, compassionate, and forgiving of others. In Jesus' name. Amen.