“Be ye together benign [forsooth be ye together benign, or of good will], merciful, forgiving together, as also God forgave to you in Christ. Therefore be ye followers of God, as most dear-worthy sons; and walk ye in love, as [and] Christ loved us, and gave himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God, into the odour of sweetness.” (Ephesians 4:32-5:2, Wycliffe)
The oath a nurse takes, for example, is to do no harm to the patient under her care. She is “benign, or of good will.” All she does for the patient provides mercy in a time of suffering. No act of her patient changes her demeanor or her approach to her task. Her heart is always filled with forgiveness.
God, of course, is the best example of this loving mercy as He forgives us in Christ. Therefore, says Paul, be “followers of God, as most dear-worthy sons.” In following God, we “walk in love” showing mercy and forgiveness to others; being benign in our actions.
Be benign — do no harm.