Tenderness In The Home
above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall
cover the multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8.
young man who came to Jesus asked what he should do that he might inherit
eternal life. Jesus told him to keep the commandments, and enumerated several
of the precepts of the law. The young man said, “All these things have
I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” (Matt. 19:20). The first
four commandments enjoin upon man the duty of loving God supremely and the
last six present the requirement of loving our neighbors as ourselves. How
many are truly, sincerely, and wholeheartedly doing this?
The Lord is coming in a little while, and are we performing the duties that
result from righteousness? Love is the basis of godliness. No man has love
to God, no matter what his profession may be, unless he has unselfish love
for his brother. As we love God because He first loved us, we shall love all
for whom Christ died. We shall not feel like letting the soul who is in the
greatest peril, and in the greatest need, go unwarned, unlabored for, and
uncared for. We shall not feel like holding the erring off, and being critical
and exacting, or letting them alone to plunge into further unhappiness and
discouragement, and to fall on Satan’s battleground, for God will deal
with us as He deals with our brethren or the younger members of the Lord’s
Cultivate tenderness of heart; surround yourselves in your home life with
the atmosphere of love. But the spirit that has largely pervaded the church
is an offense to God. Everyone who has been free to condemn, to dishearten,
and to discourage, who has failed to give tender kindness, sympathy, and compassion
to the tempted and the tried, will in his own experience be brought over the
ground which others have passed over, and suffered with their hardheartedness,
and will feel what others have suffered because of his want of sympathy, until
he shall abhor his hardness of heart and open the door for Jesus to come in.
The converting power of God must come to every soul who has any connection
with the work and cause of God that each one may be filled with the love and
compassion of Christ or many will never see the kingdom of heaven.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 241.