Anytime we wonder how we are doing in our walk it is easy to check.How kind, compassionate, and gracious are we to others...even our enemies. We were once enemies before we were reconciled to God through Christ.
Ro 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
Eph 4:31-32. Believers are to get rid of the six vices of bitterness, rage, (“outbursts of anger”), anger,( “settled feeling of anger”), brawling (“shouting or clamor”), slander, and malice (“ill will, wickedness”). Several of these vices are also listed in Colossians 3:8. The positive commands are three: (1) be kind (“what is suitable or fitting to a need”); (2) be compassionate (used elsewhere in the NT only in 1 Peter 3:8; (“inner emotions of affection”), in 2 Cor. 6:12; 7:15; Phil. 1:8; 2:1; Col. 3:12; Phile. 7, 12, 20; 1 John 3:17); (3) be forgiving (“being gracious,”, the participle from the verb, “to give freely” or “to give graciously as a favor”). The reason for these positive commands is that in Christ God is kind (Eph. 2:7), compassionate (Mark 1:41), and gracious (Rom. 8:32) to believers.
 Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures (Eph 4:31–32). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Published on Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 4:20 AM CDT