Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing God…
A Tender heart…
“Finally, all of you, have… a tender heart.” (1st Peter 3:8 ESV)
How hard is it to have a tender heart these days?
That’s right, hard and here’s why.
“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” (2 Timothy 3:1–5, NLT) And then there are reasons that are unique to your own life.
Hard as it is or as hard as it seems to be nevertheless as Christians we are called and empowered to be –Tender Hearted People or THP’s. As a THP one thing you need to remember that with Jesus things are not always what they seem to be, the rich are poor and the poor are rich – the strong are weak and the weak are strong – to lose ones life it to gain life. Therefore, with Jesus having a tender heart is available for the asking. The Prophet Ezekiel prophesied, “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” (Ezekiel 36:25–27, NLT)
A quote from the Book of James lends itself for timely advice for us THP’s. “…you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” (James 4:2–3, NLT) James’ advice is simply, ask not for your own benefit but for the benefit of others and you will receive.
From one THP to another – May the Spirit of Tenderheartedness as illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus bless you each and every moment of not only today but every day.
“May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.” **
Grace and PEACE,
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**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation