Thought- Share Jesus’s compassion if you want to change the world.
Scripture- “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” Psalm 103:8
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” – Matthew 9:36
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Insight: In day 19 of learning to apply biblical principles to our daily life, what we are referring to as Practical Christianity, let’s consider what it means to have compassion on others and how that can impact the World around us for good. I was driving in my car the other day, and I heard the announcer say, “Be kind, because everyone we meet is going through a tough battle.” That is so true, and it slapped me out of my mood of apathy that had been prevailing for the last little while. I needed to have more compassion for everyone I met because they all needed that, just like I need that. In other words, if I entered every encounter I have throughout the day with the mindset that each person is going through a tough battle which I will most likely never know about, it should lead me to being more graceful, more patient, more kind! Sometimes we hear things that we need to hear when we need to hear them for they change our perspective or cause us a moment of reflection. That was the response I had to what I heard on the radio. I want to be more available to others, and not be too busy to notice or care what others are going through. I want to make extra efforts to just be kind!
That is impossible when I rush through each day, preoccupied with only my agenda or focused only on my own struggles. It takes a concerted effort to widen the lens through which we notice things around us, including the struggles that others may be having. This whole world could use more kindness right now. More compassion, more grace, more tolerance and less judgement. I am going to try my hardest to keep my mind open to the idea that each person I encounter is going through a tough battle right now, more than I may never know about. It could be a battle with addiction. It could be a broken heart or a broken home. It could be financial stress. It could be a health issue for them or a loved one. It could be a myriad of things. I hope it changes how I view each day and each moment of every day. How about you? Are you too busy to notice what others may be going through? Maybe we all need to pause, and reflect and be kind! Jesus always did this, and it changed the World! He expects His followers to do the same. Let’s start today!
Prayer: Father God, help us to look outside of ourselves and our worries and problems and to be more compassionate to those we meet. The World desperately needs more compassion, and we as Christ followers are the ones who need to model this to a weary and desperate world. We pray for strength to notice and care in Jesus mighty name. Amen!