The Compassion Challenge

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Sometimes the people we should be most compassionate with because they are in the greatest need of love, mercy, and compassion are the ones with whom we are the least compassionate. Sometimes we fall short in being loving and compassionate with them because of how great their needs are, because of their attitudes, because of their lack of thanksgiving, because of their poor treatment of us, because of the stress their needs place on our lives, because of the exhaustion involved in demonstrating compassion toward them, because of the sacrifice involved in showing them care and compassion and because of how overwhelmed, hurt, bitter, worn out, impatient, irritable, and even burned out we feel in showing them love and compassion.

Friend, Jesus’ followers are called to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). We are called to die to self daily (1 Cor. 15:31). We are called to not live for ourselves but for Him (2 Cor. 5:15). We are to be crucified with Christ that He might live in us (Galatians 2:20). We are called to forsake all for Him (Luke 14:33). We are to love Him with all our hearts and TO LOVE OTHERS AS OURSELVES (Luke 10:27). We are to be people of love, grace, mercy, care, kindness, patience, sacrifice, generosity, giving, and compassion. We are not to be compassionate apart from Christ. We are to love and be compassionate in and through Christ.

When we put our trust in Him day by day, even moment by moment, seeking Him, praying to Him, resting in Him, casting our cares upon Him, pouring out our hearts to Him, we can be confident He by His Holy Spirit who lives inside His followers will give us all we need to walk in His love and to be compassionate toward any and all He brings into our lives and to whom He sends us. All for the glory of the Lord, oh yes!

I love how the Lord shows us in the Bible how He had compassion with various people to whom He ministered such as in these cases:

“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” Matthew 9:36

“So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.” Matthew 20:34

“Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” Mark 5:19

“And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.” Luke 7:13

Let us believe in the Lord, let us trust in the Lord, let us look to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord, let us seek the Lord, let us follow the Lord, and let us be loving and compassionate as He is. Let us yield to the Lord as the Spirit of Christ who lives inside His followers pours His love and compassion through us! Oh, hallelujah, oh yes!

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