I have noticed an apathy towards compassion in our culture. Mercy seems out of vogue, even in the evangelical community. In some cases, it seems kindness and grace is frowned upon.
It seems we have found ways to justify our behavior. Sometimes, it is tied up in the “American dream”. We seem to believe if you work hard, you reap your just reward. If you are struggling, therefore, you are lazy. Often, we assume a person has made poor choices to end up destitute. Other times, we suppose they are taking advantage of those who are gullible enough to help. We feel we are entitled to the “good life” but others are not.
In some cases, these generalizations are true. In other cases, they are not. Yet, I do not believe that is the crux of the issue. It is really not about them, rather it is about our hearts. Our role is not to judge. That is God’s job. Our job on this earth is to love and serve like Jesus did. Sharing the gospel message in both word and deed.
When we fail to be moved with compassion by the homeless man on the corner, the immigrant family who has escaped persecution, the mother who lost a child in another senseless bombing, or the child who is hungry; we do not understand God’s grace in our lives. We are blind to how much we needed saving. We do not see our own sin. We lack an understanding of how much grace our perfect Heavenly Father extends to us. We are self righteous. We feel entitled rather than thankful.
We have been shown great mercy through Jesus Christ. He loved us “while we were still sinners”. When we are lazy in our walk with Him, he gives us chance after chance. His grace never ends. He never turns His back on us, though we make poor choices repeatedly. He does not refuse our cries for help, regardless of how many times. He loves ALL people. He does not favor one over another. We are all, every nationality and people group, created in His image.
Since we see God’s great love for us we love in return. Praying that our heart’s are moved with compassion, our lips are dripping with grace and kindness, and our hands and feet are quick to serve and meet needs…today and always!
We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? John 3:17