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Saturday/Sunday: August 12, 2019

Live a Life of Compassion

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3:12)

Seeing people with the compassionate eyes of Jesus is what God asks of us. Baseball life sometimes seems to make this more difficult, but if the Holy Spirit resides in us, it should be automatic.

I will never forget the times when another wife offended me - I would close up and allow bitterness to build up in my heart. The attitude of one wife just got the best of me one year and I finally (nonspiritually) put her back in her place. I felt bad, but was tired of being pushed around. As I shared this with a Christian wife, she said, "Oh, I'm sorry for not warning you about her, but she comes from a very hard background and is very defensive all the time." This didn't excuse her behavior (or mine) but it did explain it. Maybe, if I had responded with love and compassion, she may have seen Jesus living in me. She may have allowed me in her life. I let my flesh take over and missed out on a God opportunity.

The approach is the first step in reaching out to other wives and letting them see the love of Christ in us. Are we approachable? Jesus was always approachable.

The touch is the next step in sharing your life with others. A gentle touch on the shoulder, a hug or just a big grin (I'm from TX.) can soothe a hurting person. Touch the untouchable. Mark 1:41 – “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.”

The risk we run when we get into people's lives is the chance of being rejected, gossiped about or even laughed at. Jesus never cared who said what about him; he always remained obedient to his Father and continued to see others with compassionate eyes.

Compassion is when we suffer together with someone and feel their pain. It is something that brings hope. Let them know about God's power and His promises; infuse them with the power of life; allow them to know there is a wonderful future with our Heavenly Father. I know God is compassionate - He laid his mercy on me. 

God’s challenge to us is this: live a life of compassion! I was never able to take back my unkindness, and felt awful knowing I did not please my Father. But my God is a loving and forgiving God, and I know He has healed my heart from this bitterness.

 

Prayer: Lord, give us the eyes of Jesus, to reach out to the hurting and to have compassion and love for them.

Suggested Reading: Psalm 116

Jeanie Velarde


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