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Gods Guidelines for Restoring Relationships Part 5

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Eph. 4:32 (NKJV)

We are looking at a 5 part devotional titled, “God’s Guidelines for Restoring Relationships,” which is taken from the Scriptures in Ephesians 4:27-32.  So far, we have looked at the first five guidelines, which are—

1.            Don’t give place to the devil (Eph. 4:27).

2.            Repent of ungodly ways (Eph. 4:28).

3.            Stop all corrupt speaking and start to say edifying things, and things imparting grace (Eph 4:29).

4.            Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30).

5.            Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice (See Eph. 4:31)

Let’s take a look at our sixth and final guideline given to us to ensure we stay in God’s will when we find ourselves in a broken relationship. 

6.            Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Eph. 4:32).

The last guideline given here is possessing Kindness, being Tenderhearted, and demonstrating true Forgiveness.  The three of these go hand in hand.  To be tenderhearted and to forgive someone of an offense is a true act of kindness.

Each of these actions represents God’s grace, or His “unmerited favor” upon us.  Remember God loved us while we were still yet sinners, and He showed His love by allowing His Son Jesus to lay down His life (Rom. 5:8), so we might have life.  So, showing kindness to others isn’t based on their deserving it, it’s based on our imitating God and bestowing that same type of grace that we have received (Eph. 5:1).  If we truly believe this, then how much more should we be willing to show the same kindness to others? 

Forgiving others in the same way Christ forgave us is the very essence of being Christ-like.  Who are we to shake our finger at someone who has offended us when we have committed so many offenses of our own?  And forgiving means letting it go, and not continuing to bring it back up as a weapon in future conversations.  Jesus gave us a strict command and a good reason to forgive others.

 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25-26 (NKJV)

Q:         Why not give the same kindness and forgiveness that we have freely received? 

Let’s make ourselves a list of these guidelines to follow and implement into our life.  Our relationships will be blessed immensely.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to God’s will for us to forgive others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to forgive others in the same way God has forgiven you.

APPLICATION: Let’s make it our hearts desire to be kind, and tenderhearted when discussing tough issues within a broken relationship.  Let’s purpose to forgive others the same way God forgave us. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for the blessing of Your Word.  Thank You for Your kindness towards us, and your forgiveness of our sins.  Help us to be like Jesus when we find ourselves in broken relationships.  Help us to be used to restore these relationships and to reconcile others unto You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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