Be Kind and Tender-Hearted

Ephesians 4:32 AMP … And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32 MSG … Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

Be kind to one another

From NetBible Eph 4:32

  • kind[5543] = benevolent, gracious, useful, helpful, gentle, pleasant, not harsh, not bitter

tender-hearted

From NetBible Eph 4:32

  • tender-hearted[2155] = compassionate, understanding, sensitive, merciful, affectionate

Forgive one another{readily, freely, quickly, thoroughly} as God in Christ forgave you.

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, ALL of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers{or sisters}, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

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I was meditating on the above verses about being tender-hearted towards one another. Ephesians 4:32 is in the context of how all christians should walk. The cross reference to 1 Peter 3:8 seems to be in agreement with this. I then looked at the previous verse.

1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

Interesting …
Many times I’ve heard the focus of 1 Peter 3:7 to be on the wife being the ‘weaker vessel’. This is usually then generalized to say all women are ‘weaker vessels’. Does the above verse really say that all women are ‘weaker vessels’?

Look closely, it’s about how husbands should treat wives. Husbands should dwell with understanding, giving honor to the wife, AS to the weaker vessel.

From NetBible 1Pe 3:7

  • as[5613] = like, in that
    manner


Mt 10:16 … Behold, I send you out as[5613] sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as[5613] serpents and harmless as[5613] doves.

Treat ‘as’ a weaker vessel doesn’t necessarily mean ‘is’ a weaker vessel – just as ‘wise as serpents’ doesn’t mean to be a serpent.

Give honor as to the weaker vessel.

From NetBible 1Pe 3:7

  • honor[5092] = placing value on as precious

The focus is not on being weak or strong it’s on treating and placing value on the wife as precious. Look at the next part of this verse – why should the husband do this? Because wives and husbands together are heirs AND so the husbands prayers will not be hindered!

1 Peter 3:7-8Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, ALL of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers{or sisters}, be tenderhearted, be courteous.

2 Kings 22:19Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard what I spoke against this place . . . I also have heard you, says the Lord

From NetBible 2Ki 22:19

  • Tender[07401] = to be soft, sensitive, penitent
  • Humbled[03665] = to be brought into subjection

🙂

Look how having a tender heart is related to the Lord hearing your requests! Being  kind, tender-hearted, compassionate, gentle, understanding, sensitive, giving honor and forgiving to one another is an important part of the christian walk. —> This is especially true for a husband and wife.

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Related:
Delight Yourself in the Lord
Tender Hearted{prayer}

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