Wisdom & Expansion of Heart 3

A Tender Heart

 

Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding,

 

YLT 2 Cor 6:11 Our mouth hath been open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart hath been enlarged! 12 ye are not straitened in us, and ye are straitened in your [own] bowels, 13 and [as] a recompense of the same kind, (as to children I say [it],) be ye enlarged–also ye!

 

THE WORD STRAITENED MEANS: TO HEM IN, TO RESTRICT, CONFINE

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF A RESTRICTED HEART:

FEARFULLNESS, SELFISHNESS AND HARDNESS

Eph 4:17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;

 

MSG 2 Cor 6:11 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. 12 We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you.  Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!

 

Psalm 18:35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,

And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great. 36 You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.

 

NAS Matt 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart

 

Eph 2:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

 

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

 

32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

 

THE DEVIL KNOWS; IF HE CAN GET YOU HURT, GET YOU BITTER, UPSET, MAD AND UNFORGIVING, HE WON’T HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT YOU AS A THREAT TO HIS KINGDOM.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO ENLARGE?  HOW ARE WE GOING TO EXPAND?

WE HAVE TO KNOW WHAT TO RESIST AND WHAT TO YIELD TO.

BEING TENDER HEARTED MEANS BEING SENSITIVE TO HOW THINGS AFFECT OTHER PEOPLE.

 

Vs 30 “Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit”…

 

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

 

32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

 

TENDER HEARTED MEANS WE ARE LETTING THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST LIVE BIG INSIDE OF US.

Ex. ONE OF THE FIRST EXAMPLES OF HARD HEARTEDNESS IS WHEN CAIN KILLED HIS BROTHER.

Ex. JESUS AND LAZURUS…

TENDER HEARTED IS ABOUT BEING TOUCHED WITH THE FEELINGS OF PEOPLE’S INFIRMITIES…  BEING SOFT…

THE DEVIL IS NOT JUST TRYING TO MAKE US MISERABLE.  HE’S TRYING TO PREVENT US FROM BEING USABLE.

32 Be kind to one another, (IF YOU FEEL LIKE IT) tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.