“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 is a challenge to Christians from the Apostle Paul that is both humbling and daunting. When somebody does me wrong, can I not get upset? How angry is too angry? How do I continue to forgive somebody who continually offends me? How do I show kindness to my enemy?
It is certainly not easy to always be kind one to another, tenderhearted, or forgiving of another, but let us remember, we are on the same team. When we forgive one another, and show kindness and love to each other, we are able to encourage and strengthen one another. Through this encouragement and strength we play an intimate role in helping each other obtain the ultimate prize, our common goal, a trip to Heaven. Let’s go to Heaven together!
Lord, help me to put away bitterness, wrath, anger, vehement shouting, evil speaking, and malice. Help me to find a soft answer and to be temperate in conflicts. Help me to show all people the love and mercy of God by being committed to kindness, gentleness, and forgiveness. I don’t want my temper, or my attitude, to be a stumbling block for people trying to make it to heaven. I want to be a well of encouragement that people can use to propel themselves toward their goals with confidence. Let it be so in Jesus’ name.
Other passages of interest:
Proverbs 10:12, Proverbs 15:1, Proverbs 25:22, Matthew 5:43-47, Romans 12:1-21, Ephesians 4:26, 1 Peter 4:8-10