Life, it’s more than a game – August 30
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After reflecting on Sunday’s message, I have been thinking about a question that Heather raised. If we all know we should be compassionate and most of the time want to be compassionate, why do many of us find it difficult to be compassionate? And by compassionate I mean a godly action/response to hurting and injustice in our world.
Are you the person who feels overwhelmed when faced with the troubles of the world?
Maybe you were told that you should be independent and accountable for your own situation and so you expect others to do the same?
Or is life just speeding by with little time, energy or resources to help?
For me, I have always found it helpful to look to Jesus. As Heather referenced on Sunday, there were many times that the Bible specifically says, but “He (Jesus) had compassion on them.” Matthew 14:14, Luke 15:20
Jesus demonstrated to us the perfect way to love and care for people. But more specifically, Jesus has perfected loved and cared for me. (and you!) His compassion and care towards me have given me life for today and hope for tomorrow. It is the compassion of Jesus, seeing me in my brokenness and need and healing my very soul, that gives me the ability to walk through life everyday. And when I reflect on my own needs and the compassionate way that Jesus has abundantly met them, I begin to see my world the way that Jesus does. I begin to have my ‘eyes opened’ to the possibilities of compassion …. to the effects of compassion … and to believe that in whatever way I am called, Jesus enables me to respond to the needs of others with His heart and His action.
May we take some time to reflect today on the compassion of Christ in our own lives.
Questions to Consider:
1) Specifically, how has God been compassionate towards you?
2) What ways has that compassionate effected your heart (emotions, thoughts, beliefs)?
3) How can that compassionate be reflected tangibly in your life?
Scripture for Today: “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
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