Anyone sense that the emotion and character attribute of compassion in our country is declining? Racism continues to hurt so many, aggressive and angry political statements, violence and anger, the plot with so much horrible violence on too many shows and movies, and the consistent personal battle we all face with selfishness and self-attention as we strive for better hair, nails, bodies, money, cars and better houses, and the inward desire to have everyone think we are awesome. Many churches have bitter infighting, families continue to implode as spouses refuse to die to self and sin, abandon their vows, and random acts of violence fill the headlines of our newsfeeds. We must resist the darknesses attempt to eradicate compassion from our lives.
Believers, we cannot lose our compassion. It is critical to the mission of Christ that we stay connected to the heart of God, and compassion is the manifestation of His love. Compassion is the fuel for action. Compassion keeps us thankful, keeps us caring for others, keeps us sharing faith, keeps us loving our families and spouses. Compassion keeps the church on the tracks of mission, so we don’t end up arriving somewhere we never intended to go.
A community without compassion is more concerned about home values than the people. A church without compassion becomes a social club of individuals agendas and power, forgetting the mandate of mission of Jesus. We become without love and without biblical direction. Judgement and critical attitudes push out compassion, and our worship disappears in multiplying areas of our lives. We lose our first love, and then the world loses, as another church becomes a religious, lifeless, closed, clique of the community void of the love or power of Christ. If we lose compassion we will not be Compelled to do anything with eternal implications, and to manifest the love of Jesus to those who need Him.
A school without compassion becomes a place where students are required to learn for testing, not cared about, for life-long impact, teaching, and discovery. A government without compassion becomes a burden to it’s citizens and a only financial entity, void of care for the people. Leaders without compassion, become dictators, and power goes to their head with disastrous results.
We need more compassion as a people. I think it’s safe to say that. I rejoice when I see people, groups, and communities pull together to show love and compassion to a family, group, or cause. We need more of those tangible expressions of love and compassion.
Compassion requires your time, maybe your money, maybe even your reputation as others will questions self-sacrifice. Compassion often requires us to get out of what we are comfortable with. Most importantly, compassion will require your heart. We want to move with compassion because we are “compelled by His love” not our desire to earn brownie points with God, or to be seen by men.
Compassion as a people, starts with an honest look at our own compassion. Jesus had great compassion for other’s. He gained nothing in return. His compassion moved him to heal, to feed the five thousand, and to suffer on the cross for the sin of humanity. His compassion continues to help us through our life, as we trust him through all of our challenges. How compassionate are you? I believe true compassion comes from the heart of God. We must look to Him, connect to Him, and ask Him to impart His great love and compassion to our hearts and lives.
I struggle with being compassionate like anyone, but the struggle diminishes, and my compassion grows, as I connect with the Lord, and allow His love and compassion to be revealed fresh in me. Let’s commit as a people,to be more like Christ, to be more Compassionate, to be more loving, and people will be changed forever, and we will be part of their story. Let’s search our hearts and lives with Holy Spirit help and honesty. Rid the attitudes, things, desires, greed, self-attention, or whatever is stealing our compassion and resist the decline of the greatest motivator for the love of Jesus that we have….the compassion of Christ.