Be Kind and Compassionate

Daily God Walk for Saturday, August 27, 2011

 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:30-32

 The Greek word translated compassionate is an interesting word. It is  eusplagchnos and means compassionate or tenderhearted. It comes from two Greek words; “eu” meaning “good” and “splagchnon” which means “spleen” or “intestine.” Literally eusplagchnos means good, or healthy intestines.

The poetic, or metaphoric, application is to have good feelings and intentions toward another, or others. In other words to be compassionate or tenderhearted.

When we view this command, and it is a command (“Be kind and compassionate”), in the context of the paragraph in which it was written we can more clearly see Paul’s intention in writing it. He begins in verse 29 with, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,” and he contrasts that with, “but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” He is talking about how we think, speak and act toward others.

In this context he tells us that our attitude toward others affects our relationship with the Holy Spirit. He makes it clear that if we have un- reconciled anger toward others we are grieving the Holy Spirit.

Have you noticed how difficult it is to enter into a worshipful spirit when your inner person, your intestines as it were, is disturbed by emotions of anger or anxiety? To effectively be in good relationship with God we must be eusplagchnos, tenderhearted, compassionate to others.

Paul is specifically applying this principle to times when others have offended us and what our attitude should be toward them. He calls us to be forgiving to others just as Christ has forgiven us.  That is a hard saying, but it is true: we must forgive others and be tenderhearted toward them or we will not have a freedom to worship in the Spirit and to minister with Holy Spirit anointing. 

 Prayer: God, grant me the grace to be tenderhearted toward those who have been offensive toward me. In Jesus name, amen.

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