Tenderness instead of Hate.
I think I see it a lot these days, all over the place in so many different situations. People’s hearts seem to be hardened against other people. Look out there, it won’t take you long to see it. Someone who could let you into traffic, cuts you off…maybe gives you the finger..when they could have easily let you in. Folks walk with their face down at the local store…never smiling, never looking up, not giving you any chance to smile or say hello.
Our fellow Americans seem like the two little guys in the old “Mad” Magazine comic strip “Spy-vs-spy” The right hates the left, the left hates the right and both of them hate the middle. I hate that word HATE…I’m trying my best to totally erase it from my vocabulary. It’s really tough though, one of the toughest things I’ve ever tried to do.
I think the answer is tenderness. Just tenderness, that’s it. Consider this: “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) God heard Josiah’s plea because his heart was TENDER. Read the story, it’s there. I’m not usually one to post Bible verses, or post “posters” with verses or other stuff. Sometimes I share other people’s, but rarely. But in this case, I believe the verse is totally appropriate to our day and age. If we as human beings do NOT develop a little “tenderness” towards others, then I think all may be lost. I’m not really sure that human beings can even do it. There is so much War, so much callousness of heart since the beginning of civilization. And it continues.
Even with all we know, with all we have learned we cannot, or have not been able to learn this one small, tiny little thing. Love, tenderness, caring over hate, callousness, indifference. Can we? It starts with little things…it does not have to be “world peace” like all the Beauty Queens wish for at the pageants. “Please, Thank You, and How are You Today?” would be a great start. Giving money to someone who doesn’t have a dime for a meal would be a start. Forgiving someone who has wronged you would be a start.
Then..only then, can we take the next step. There can be “Peace on Earth, Good will towards Men” But only if we “try a little Tenderness”