Ephesians 4:32 "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you".
I recently grilled some thin pieces of beef on skewers, marinated in a teriyaki sauce with sesames, delicious...uh, no. Even though I only cooked them for five minutes on each side, they became a "burnt offering", really tough, dry and chewy. Then next time, I definitely decreased the time on both sides and they came out perfect, really tender, and…delicious!
The word tender means having a soft or yielded texture, to soften. Similarly, the word tenderhearted means easily moved with love and compassion. And the word tenderize means to make tender or soft by applying a process or substance that breaks down the hardness.
In Ephesians 4:32, Paul says for our hearts to be tender towards ourselves and other people, to "be kind" one to another. That simply means to be nice or to be easy with one to another. But he goes on to say that a tender heart comes from one thing and one thing alone - forgiving one another even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you! In other words, know that you are forgiven of past present and future sins, and forgive one another, as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.
So, here's a recipe for a tender heart! "Cook it" the right amount of time in God's presence, listen for His voice and follow His instructions, be nice to each other and forgive one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you. Have a kind day. Voila!