Have you ever noticed that with some people or situations you have no mercy, no sympathy or no forgiveness? Is your heart hardened at times? We don't always believe we can feel and act this way. But then we read a scripture where God is telling us to be kind, be tenderhearted and to be forgiving. In essence, to be like Jesus. Why should He have to tell us this over and over again? Because we are flawed and we do hold grudged and we do become hardened to circumstances and people. I had an instance of this just the other day. It is hard to swallow my pride and realize I needed to have a tender heart. I didn't treat the person poorly, but my heart wasn't into the kindness that was asked of me. I went through the motions, doing what I was supposed to do. I had to ask God for forgiveness and His help in overcoming this. Think about a situation where you may have to ask God to assist you in becoming more tenderhearted and more forgiving, and then do it.
O - God knows that we don't always treat each other the way we are supposed to, so He has to give us instruction. This is kind of sad really that He has to continually tell us to be kind to one another and forgive one another. Throughout the Bible, we are constantly told how He forgave us and How Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins and how we are to love one another as He loves us. Boy we are thick headed.
A - Kindness is something I should automatically give to others but there are times when I have to really muster it up. I will work on being kinder, being more forgiving and most of all tenderhearted. Sometimes I think I have a hardened heart to some people and some circumstances so my place according to scripture is to dismiss the hard heart and become tenderhearted.
P - Father thank you for your forgiveness and kindness. Please, show me how to offer forgiveness and kindness the same way to others. Father, please allow my heart to soften in certain situations so that I can be truly tenderhearted instead of going through the actions. With your help, I know I can be better at all of these things and I continue to prayerfully give thanks to the work you are doing within me.