Tuesday 5 May

Thought for the day from Bishop John

‘Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.’ Eph.4.32.

Be kind to another - People get this. So many people are saying this now, irrespective of any faith position. It is being printed on T-shirts and on cards. People get what it means and that it matters. It is human and not religious. Jesus comes to bring life in all its fullness, to help us become truly human. What a ‘bridge’!

Tender-hearted - How much thought do we give to this? To keeping our hearts soft. Irenaeus of Lyons (2nd cent.) wrote ‘Keep your hearts soft and tractable, lest they lose the imprint of his love.’ We are warned again and again by God ‘Harden not your hearts.’ What is the state of our hearts before God? Have they become hardened or calloused by unforgiveness, by bitterness, by pain or grief not released to God? Or, more subtly perhaps, by pride, vanity or egotism?

Is this the time to do what it says on the tin? ‘Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.’ Prov.4.23. In the midst of all that is going on around us and within us, might we want to ponder the question ‘is God waiting for a ‘heart to heart’ with us?’

John Stroyan is the Bishop of Warwck

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