“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Eph 4:32; “All of you, have… sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” (I Pet. 3:8)
Lord Jesus, as with all Scriptures, these verses make us think of you. No one is kinder and more tenderhearted than you. You are the fountainhead of grace and an ocean of forgiveness. What could be more revolutionary and needed?
You’re not only merciful when we’re in “bruised reeds and smoldering wicks” mode; you are altogether compassionate when we get self-absorbed, defensive, and act like spiritual orphans. You are firm with us, but never harsh; and all your reproofs are life-giving, never shame dispensing. First of all, thank you. Second of all, make us more like you, Jesus.
We live and work among strong opinions, diverse perspectives, and competing narratives. It’s starting to heat up again. Because it will honor you, empower for extending your empathy, gentleness, and kindness to others. Help us lead with kindness, more so than with “rightness” and uptightness. We can risk offering a non-anxious presence because you are the Prince of Peace, and sovereign over every king, crisis, and crawdad.
Continue to remind us we aren’t as free as you intend or as peaceful as you desire, and certainly not as loving as we will be one Day. Jesus, fill our hearts with your beauty, our mouths with your praise, and our hands with your mercy. So Very Amen