How to Be Kind and Compassionate [Ephesians 4:32 Daily Devotional]
Paul is encouraging his church in Ephesus to be kind. This is also his message to us. He envisioned the church being the kind of group that would be known for its kindness and compassion for one another. Paul wanted the church to be unconditional in its forgiveness because that’s exactly how Jesus loved us.
How to Be Kind and Compassionate
In order for you to be kind and compassionate, you first need to identify if you are kind and compassionate. If you’re impatient or short with people, chances are you’re not being kind. Even if you’re thinking that sometimes that people deserve the bad things that happen to them, chances are you’re not being compassionate.
If you find yourself being patient, kind, and compassionate, keep up the good work! It’s hard being like that all the time, and no one is perfect in this, so think of ways you can improve that. But if you’re impatient, short, or not compassionate with people, consider what Paul says here. Start with prayer and ask God to give you patience and a kind heart. Ask him to help you be forgiving even when people wrong you. It’s then that you’re truly reflecting the love of Christ.
Father, help me to be patient and loving. Even when it’s hard, give me the strength to forgive the people who hurt me or annoy me. When I’m feeling discompassionate, remind me of your compassion for me. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.
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