Do As I Do
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
The reason God wants tenderheartedness, mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience to be as obvious on our person as the clothes we wear is because this is what God himself is like. He doesn’t require us to live one way and himself another. These traits are who he is, and he wants his children to be a reflection of him.
This is great! It is great to know that God is tenderhearted, merciful, kind, patient & gentle. It is very important for Believers to know these things about him readily. It should be first nature to all Believers to know these qualities are God’s because the world has concocted an image of God that is contrary to Scripture. I have seen movies, books, tv, news & social media describe God as ignorant, judgmental, cruel, an outdated. He is none of those things and never asks us to be any of those things either.
God is tenderhearted. Psalm 56:8
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
God is merciful. Psalm 103:8
The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
God is kind. Psalm 145:17
The Lord is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness.
God promotes humility. Philippians 2:8
When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself...
God is gentle. Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
God is patient. Very patient! Romans 2:4
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
God asks me to be tenderhearted, merciful, kind, humble, gentle, and patient because HE IS. In no way is he a “Do as I say not as I do” kind of leader. He is all “Do as I do.” We don’t see that kind of leadership in society these days. Our leaders are usually self-exempt hypocrites. God is neither, and that is why I trust and follow him as he prescribes.
I am so thankful for your tenderhearted mercy, gentleness, kindness, and patience towards me. Help me to be like this towards others out of appreciation of how you treat me. I love you so much and am so relieved to read your Word that describes you accurately and see that the world’s descriptions of you is absolutely wrong. You are great and greatly to be praised, and I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.