Matthew 15:32 The gift of God is demonstrated towards people through compassionate vessels. The more compassionate you are the more you are enabled to demonstrate God’s gifts especially to perform healing and miracles. Therefore, let your actions be driven by compassion today.
Have you ever noticed that some people are more naturally compassionate than others? Maybe it is their personality or upbringing. Nevertheless, in the world today, every believer needs to be driven by compassion. Compassion is the quality of recognising the suffering of another with the desire to alleviate their suffering. It is a compelling motivation to take away the pains of another. As we look at our anchor scripture today, we cannot but be struck by the love and compassion that drove the actions and ministry of Jesus. He presents Himself to us today as a shepherd who truly loves and cares for His sheep. His compassion towards us is inexhaustible. He demonstrated it out of love. His compassion for us motivated Him to action. Compassion is a motivator; it is a quality that compels you to action. That is what distinguishes it from sympathy. Sympathy is when one feels pity but doesn’t act. Don’t just sympathise with people but be moved to produce a change in their situation.
Compassion, like all the other qualities listed in today’s passage, is possible only when we think of others before ourselves. Self centeredness keeps us from seeing the needs and hurts of those around us and acting on their behalf. What we need is a renewed mind. We are born with a selfish, sinful nature, referred to as the old self. But when a person puts his trust in Jesus, he receives a new self created in righteousness by God. As your mind are renewed with His word and you grow in obedience, God’s love and compassion begin to flow through you. Instead of being oblivious to the pain and suffering around you, God will open your eyes and use you to comfort those in need.
However, many people do not have a clear understanding of the responsibilities that God has placed on us in relation to our fellow human beings. We all therefore have an obligation under God to care for one another, whether as leaders, pastors, married couples, parents, siblings, neighbors or simply as human beings. Some are still asking, am i my brother’s keeper If you must know, the answer is yes. God expects you, as Christ’s ambassador in this world, to be your brother’s and sister’s keeper. We have a responsibility to our brethren in the lord and to the world at large, to be the salt of the earth and beacons of light in this world of darkness. Every child of God has the responsibility to represent Jesus Christ in the world, living as channels of compassion, divine mercy and kindness, both within the church and out in the world. You must not close your ears to the cries of those who are poor and needy.
Many are desperately in need of sustenance, some are enduring diverse sicknesses and various forms of poverty, while others are in bondage to sin and are being manipulated by the devil. We must reach out to them with compassion. Let us endeavor to correct, strengthen, and encourage each other in love along the way, making sure not to destroy anyone who falls into error as a result of one weakness or the other. Your light must shine so much that the reflection would brighten the paths of others in darkness and thereby bring glory to God.
Notwithstanding, compassion is achieved not through self effort but through a God focused life. As you draw near to Him through His word and His son, He transforms your focus, thoughts, and feelings. What a relief to know that God has provided everything you need to follow Jesus example of caring. For instance, the miracle of the multiplication of bread that took place here happened out of the care and compassion of Jesus. It was out of a genuine desire to meet people’s needs and solve their problems; same with every other miracle Jesus did in His life time. They were never meant to boost His ego. His miracles resulted from the deep compassion and care He had for the people. You will never be able to truly help people out of their predicaments except you truly love and care for them.
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As you care for the welfare of others, also think of other aspects of their lives, as deeds of kindness can have a deep effect and produce a lasting result. This wonderful balance will make a greater impact. This is why, you must be driven by compassion in the life of people around you today.