Tenderness. Something that characterized Jesus’ ministry all throughout His time here on earth. And it’s something that I struggle with a lot.
Last year, tenderness didn’t really characterize who I was or what I did.
I might use the words, ‘hardheaded’ or ‘stubborn.’
Matthew 14:13-21 shows one of the very incredible reminders of Jesus’ compassion, even on the nutritional needs of those around Him who came to hear His teaching.
‘13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.’
What was it about Jesus’ compassion? This is something I want to observe and then really put my heart to studying for this year and learning as I treat my friendships differently.
Jesus paid attention.
Obviously Emily is not Jesus, so she’s going to fail, but because I have Christ in me, the hope of glory, my prayer is that I will notice more.
So that’s what this podcast is all about:
– Tenderness (why our culture needs more of it)
– what true biblical tenderness looks like or what I’m learning about it
– kindness, gentleness, meekness (parts of tenderness)
– having a tender heart and tough skin
– less fear of man and more of a tender heart towards others suffering
– being un-offendable in a good way
– some of the most tender and tough people I know
– what my parents have taught me about tenderness and toughness
Verses that come to mind when I think of wanting to have more tenderness, more of a listening ear, more humility to have tough skin:
Proverbs 27:6 , ‘Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.’
James 1:19, ‘Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:’
Ephesian 4:15, ‘Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,’
Ephesians 4:29, ‘Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.’
Ephesians 4:32, ‘Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.’
Whose with me? More tenderness? More tough skin?