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Compassion Without Humiliation

 

(Psalms 86:5) “Indeed you, Lord, are kind and forgiving, overflowing with gracious love to everyone who calls on you.”

(Ephesians 4:32) “And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another just as God has forgiven you in the Messiah.”

(1 John 3:17) “Whoever has earthly possessions and notices a brother in need and yet withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God be present in him?”

 

 

How do you know if someone is truly being compassionate, or just looking down at you and mocking your situation even if he helps you? Compassion from someone can either lift you up or make you sink low and hide in shame. Which one do you think comes from God? That’s right, the one that lifts you up and encourages you to continue fighting.

As a missionary, I have had to humble myself and ask for financial support from family members and friends. God has moved the hearts of some to support us in our ministry and to express pride in our choice to serve God full-time. However, there are those that have helped us financially as well, but not without first putting us down and giving us advice on how to do things right according to them.

This kind of compassion is not the way God deals with the ones He loves. When we are in pain, in need, lost, misguided, or simply depressed, Jesus reaches out to us with a heart full of love because He desires for us to grow, succeed and be victorious in all areas of life. He does not expect anything in return, except for us to feel His love and know that we are valuable and that we can achieve more than we could ever imagine.

The Bible says that God corrects those He loves, just like a father corrects his child. It’s out of compassion and love and the desire for the child to grow and become a better individual. If you love someone, you cannot just sit quietly while they continue to stay stagnant. Sometimes, if you are blind or apathetic due to the struggles you have faced, God will use others to point out your true potential or your serious character flaws.

True compassion is the reason why God sent His son, Jesus, to die on the cross. The Bible says that Jesus came not to condemn the world, but to save it. To set us free from sin and the sting of death. Even if we continued in our rebellion, He still decided to save us and will not remind us any more of our rebellion.

(“A good way to discern a person’s character is to watch how they treat someone who can do them absolutely no good. The final purpose of showing compassion is not to put others in debt to you. Instead of magnifying the bad, compassion looks for the good in others and builds on it. There are people all around you who need the compassion of Jesus. Don’t miss one of the opportunities God gives you today to show it.” – Bob Gass)

 

 

Be careful what words are spoken when you show compassion to someone, as it could be either God or Satan speaking through you.

 

 

Prayers

• God, You are the Spirit of life, Spirit of our Father, and the Spirit of Christ.
• Thank You for being gracious and compassionate towards us, and for sending Jesus to die on the Cross to pay for our sins.
• Thank You for Your promise that if we call upon You, You will forgive us and show us kindness.
• Forgive us for not showing compassion when we could and for not giving to the needy.
• Help us to show more compassion and not to have prejudice towards those that might be suffering.
• We want to attract souls to Jesus by our example of love, compassion, and kindness.
• Give us Your heart of compassion that looks only at the good in people and does not remind them of their faults.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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