“Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
What the apostle Paul teaches is very difficult and certainly doesn’t come naturally to sinners.
day, sinners come into contact with other sinners: husbands and wives,
parents and children, church members, businessmen and consumers.
Whenever sinners come face to face with sinners, sin happens. Sinners
get into arguments, disputes, fights, and feuds. People get hurt.
Reputations get tarnished. Egos get bruised, as sinners try to daily
gain a foothold of power over each other.
Whenever this occurs
other sins crouch at the door. So Paul writes about things like anger,
wrath, bitterness, slander, clamor, and malice. (4:31)
there isn’t a fight or argument in which one party is completely
innocent. All people are tainted by sin, and all people bring that
baggage into any altercation.
Therefore, it’s incredibly hard for sinners to be kind to other sinners, let alone be compassionate to them.
be compassionate means that the situation of another person has
affected me to the point I feel it in my gut. I sympathize with them to
the point it wrenches me inside.
How often do we be kind and show
that kind of compassion to someone who treats us well, let alone someone
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