The Cost of Compassion

Consideration for others is a lost art today. We are too busy to care too deeply for anyone, not even for our self. We streak through life fast enough to repel anyone, which we think will weigh us down.

One group of people are so focused on themselves that they have no time for anyone else. They plan their day, follow their agenda and fall asleep at night with little interaction with the people who love them.

There are video games, overtime at work, television series, sports, hobbies and extra-curricular activities, which keep us so occupied that we take everyone else in our life for granted.

Another group of people are so wounded from their past, that they have little emotional energy to expend on anyone else. The cost of showing compassion is too high, and they are emotionally bankrupt.

When we see a need, which God directs us to meet, yet we walk away, the love of God does not dwell in us (1 John 3:16-17). We are unwilling to pay the cost of compassion.

We have another purpose for our time and money and do not want to share with anyone else. Sadly, our joy from our own plans will quickly fade; and since we are out of the will of God, we cannot prosper.

Jesus gave us the example of the Good Samaritan and the father of the Prodigal Son to teach us to care about other people and to give them a second chance (Luke 10:25-37, 15:11-32).

As we walk in the Spirit, we will give away more and more of our self, and we will receive more of God in return (Luke 6:38). God is love, and the more love we share, the richer we enjoy God’s presence in our life (1 John 4:8).

Prayer:
Father God, remind us that negative emotions within our soul come from the wounds in our past, placed there by the devil. They will prevent us from showing Your love and compassion to others (Ephesians 4:26-27). Help us to seek Your truth about every satanic lie, which births these destructive feelings within us ( http://www.theophostic.com ). Once we are free from this woundedness, we are also free to receive the fruit of Your Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Remind us that whether we are preoccupied with pain from the past or our current self-centered pursuits, obedience to You is the only way we can reap Your rich rewards. When we empathize with the pain and rejoice in the joy of others, and share Your kindness and mercy with our self and them, we will truly and eternally prosper (Romans 12:15; Luke 6:35-36).

Thought for the Day:
If we say we love God, yet hate someone else, then we are a liar and do not know God; yet, if we are truly in love with God, we will love His children too. – 1 John 4:20-21

More Than We Can Bear

Jesus brings us into right relationship with God, by bearing the ransom for our sins and giving us new life in Him both now and for all eternity (Romans 4:25; 1 Timothy 2:6; 1 Peter 2:24). We have more than blind faith that His love is ours.

Although God will not give us more temptation than we can resist, because He always gives us a way to repel it (1 Corinthians 10:13), there is no verse in the Bible, which guarantees that God will not give us more tribulation than we can bear.

In fact, God actually does give us more tribulation than we can bear. That may sound pessimistic and you may not believe me, but just look up the verse and see that it refers to temptation, not trials (1 Corinthians 10:13).

The good news is that God never gives us more negative circumstances than HE can bear, and He lives within us (Colossians 1:17; Galatians 2:20). He has compassion on us and is only a prayer away (Psalms 103:13).

We also have one another when we experience tribulation. God’s Holy Spirit orchestrates all of our lives as His Body. When we work together, each one doing his/her part (Ephesians 4:16), then we all flourish.

When one member of His Body suffers tribulation, we all suffer; and when one is honored, we all rejoice (1 Corinthians 12:26). There is no jealousy in the body of Christ. We strengthen one another and bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).

Prayer:
Father God, You are the one constant in our life. You never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). We can count on Your presence in our life to comfort, direct, encourage and abide within us. We love knowing You in a personal, intimate relationship. We hunger and thirst after a holier life and a deeper connection with You (Matthew 5:6; Psalm 107:9). Thank You for giving us a taste of eternity right here on this earth (John 17:3).

Thought for the Day:
We live in continual communication with the One in whom we place our hope; and He gives us strength to victoriously overcome the trials we face.