"Because 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" -2 Kings 22:19
Do you have a hard time dealing with judgmental remarks or unkind put-downs? How do you respond..? With a tender heart or do you become brittle and bitter?
Learning to handle criticism well is not easy. But we can if we refuse to get caught up in emotion and lash out, protest, cry, or simply walk out when the wrong thing is said. In Acts 24 Paul illustrates and teaches us how to maintain a tenderheart there are so many things to list so I would encourage you to read it for yourself and allow God to reveal these things to you. One thing I would like to share that I learned from this is not lower myself to the overcharged emotions of others. Because your anger will be unleashed, your straight thinking will cave in to irrational responses and impulsive words, causing you to sin. I don’t know about you but there have been times I have acted out of anger. Through all Paul faced He never became impatient or bitter. Paul had waited for his trial for years. It was never mentioned he became bitter, impatient, and he never held grudges. Why? Because Paul believed God was firmly in control and He stood on God’s promise. As believers, we should long for a tender heart before the Lord. Something that is delicate is easily broken. Another man with a tender heart was Josiah. People with tender hearts, hearts that are touched by the aches and sorrows of others; hearts that share and feel the pain of others and reach out to help. Tender hearts are not just soft, they are strong enough to bear the burdens of others, they are mighty in handling the tasks that is before them, they are courageous in doing what needs to be done. Tender hearts have a heart pleasing to God and helpful to men.
A tender heart can be easily moved and broken by the Lord, but also a tender heart is the product of God’s work in our life as he shapes us to be more like Him.
A tender heart is a world changer that spreads love and care around the world!
Do you have a tender heart?
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.-1 Peter 3:8