Clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion. This is taken from Colossians 3:12.
“The tender affection of compassion” are part of the new personality that all Christians are expected to put on. Colossians 3:9, 10 tells us: “Do not lie to one another. Strip off the old personality with its practices, and clothe yourselves with the new personality, which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it,” How can you cultivate tender feelings for others? Open your heart wide. 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 tells us: “We have opened our mouth to speak to you, Corinthians, and we have opened wide our heart. We are not restricted in our affections for you, but you are restricted in your own tender affections for us. So in response—I speak as to my children—you too open your hearts wide.” Listen carefully when someone shares his feeling and concerns. James 1:19 tells us: “Know this, my beloved brothers: Everyone must be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger,” Use your imagination and ask yourself: ‘If I were in his situation, how would I feel? What would I need?’ 1 Peter 3:8 tells us: “Finally, all of you have unity of mind, fellow feeling, brotherly affection, tender compassion, and humility.” Do you know of a widow who needs help with repairs on her home? Is there an elderly Christian who needs transportation to get to the meetings, to go out in the ministry, or to go to the doctor? Even a small act of kindness can make a big difference in the life of a fellow worshipper in need. 1 John 3:17, 18 tells us: “But whoever has the material possessions of this world and sees his brother in need and yet refuses to show him compassion, in what way does the love of God remain in him? Little children, we should love, not in word or with the tongue, but in deed and truth.” Above all, we can show tender concern for others by having a full share in the ministry. There is no greater way to make a difference in the lives of honest hearted ones!