Does Your Heart Reflect Compassion?
What does compassion mean? I think that the definition I found of “deep sympathy or pity” is a bit understated. Perhaps that is a bit simplistic, but it does constitute caring doesn’t it? So, there’s a word we can relate to, right?
When we care for others we exhibit God’s love. We show our human propensity for wanting to play “nice” in relationships with other people and creatures. God created us to need and depend on Him, but He also made us to live in harmony with others. It is also His desire that we live in servanthood.
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” ~ Galations 5:13-14
Do we need to “walk in someone else’s shoes” to have compassion for them? Although, there is little doubt that doing so might enhance our caring for someone we do not particularly feel drawn to like, it could deepen our affection for them somewhat. If we remain aloof in our relationships so as not to get too involved with someone else’s needs are we being true to God’s calling? Can we truly love them?
“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.” ~ Leviticus 19:18
Did God ask us to judge the sort of people we can show compassion to? Did He say we should prequalify them before we could love them? Did He give us a set of rules to go by to decide who we should love and who we should turn away? Did He say they had to look a particular way or respond to us in a certain way? Did He say they had to love us in return? I think not!
“So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For He shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy, and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” ~ James 2:12-13A
And, then there is the subject of mercy. It is because of God’s unfailing love for His children that He extends His profound mercy and undeserved grace in a shower of blessings upon us. Can we, then in turn, grant our neighbor the same? Can we be truthfully compassionate toward them?
“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” ~ Psalm 145:8-9
The worldly do not look at others through His compassionate eyes. Many see the homeless as inhabitants of a vast uncharted wasteland, not as someone to love. Many see the disabled as less than perfect in a world of over-achievers, not as someone to embrace. Many see those who seem less fortunate than themselves as losers, not as someone who is thankful for what they have. Many see Christians as odd or peculiar, not someone reaching out to others sharing His divine love.
These faces of the hopeless and worldly lost are the very people He is asking us to reach out to with love. They think they have it all together ~ while in truth they have nothing. Let us shine His light into the darkness around us. Let us take every opportunity to share the reason for our hope. Will your heart reflect compassion for them?
Heart”wings” is a ministry of God’s great love. As we humbly serve Him, let us be a living testimony of His love as He walks beside us on our earthly journey. Go out and make a difference in the world around you today!
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