by John Doyle
Ephesians 4:32 “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you”
I had the opportunity when reading Gods Word to explore what it means to Live Compassionately. In the World that we live in today and see all that’s going on around us, this has become an important way of living.
We know from experience and studying the Life of Jesus that when we Live Compassionately it will transform the people around us and expose them to the Beautiful Life of Jesus that He had here on Earth. Having experienced his Great Compassion in our own lives it should motivate and encourage us to live a more compassionate life and make it available to those in need at this difficult time of Lockdown and Covid-19 Pandemic.
One of the most impactful ways we can share God’s heart with others is by Living Compassionately. To show compassion is to step outside of ourselves and love another in times of trial and hardship. To live compassionately is to set your heart continually toward the Love, Grace and Mercy of God that He bestowed on us and that we are to bestow upon the lives of others.
When we consider the Life of Jesus on this earth it should stir our hearts to be more compassionate. God sees our imperfection but still chooses to Love us rather than cast us aside, that’s Godly Compassion and we are to emulate that here on earth. Not easy at times but its the right and Godly thing to do.
The Lord is calling us to a life lived humbly and sacrificially. Philippians 2:4 says “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”
The World today is in desperate need of Compassion. People need Mercy and Grace when they fail, or are experiencing hard times. God’s heart through the Life of Jesus showed continual Mercy and Grace which is a reflection of His unconditional Love for us. He’s calling us to be Light in the darkness so that the World might see in us the Compassionate heart of our Heavenly Father.
It’s for this reason Paul writes in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” You can forgive because you’ve been forgiven. You can be kind because your Father has been nothing but kind to you. You can be tenderhearted because God was so tender in Heart toward you. He was so compassionate that he gave His son so that you may have life eternal, to free you, empower you, strengthen you, and ground you in His Grace and Love.
Let me encourage you today to respond to God’s Love for you by showing Compassion to others that they might know the Tenderness and Mercy of your Heavenly Father.
1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.”
In the Love of the Lord Jesus,
John and Barbara.