An Action Plan


"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." - Ephesians 4:32

This is a challenging scripture. In one verse, we are commanded to be kind, compassionate and forgiving to one another. Whew...that is a tall order! But, when you think about the kindness, compassion, love, grace, mercy and forgiveness of our God, especially to give us Jesus to die for our sins; you can understand where Paul is coming from when he writes, "Be kind and compassionate...forgiving each others, just as in Christ God forgave you."

We have been given everything by God. He forgives us when we sin, every time! All the time! Praise God!

So, how should we understand this simple, yet grand verse? Let take a look at what we are to do here:

Be Kind. King comes from the Greek word chrestos. It means being "good," "serviceable" and "benevolent" to others. When someone is in need, serve them. When someone is in want, provide for them. Don't just talk about it, do it.

Be Compassionate. Compassion comes from the Greek word eusplagchnos. It means to be tender-hearted. The religious, but hard-hearted priest walked around the man lying on the road. The tender-hearted Good Samaritan stopped and tended to the needs of the wounded man. There are plenty of wounded people around us. Show compassion.

Be Forgiving. Forgiveness comes from the Greek word charizomai which comes from charis (grace). We are grace-givers. We should always be willing to pardon the wrongs done to us, just as in Christ God has pardoned our sin toward Him.

OK, I mentioned it a little earlier, but will say it again, these words are in the imperative. What does that mean? It means they are commands. This verse doesn't fall under the category of "suggestions."

So, go be kind, compassionate and forgiving today. And if you do, then when you lay your head on the pillow tonight, you'll be able to smile with God.

Lord, give us a willing heart to do what You command us to do. Give us the strength to be kind, compassionate, and forgiving of others. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Nov 24 2017