Posted by: Larry Hoekman | January 10, 2017

Thoughts on 2017 — Compassion?

Day 2644: Continuing characteristics to focus on in 2017!

Scripture:  The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made! Psalm 145:9 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, clothe yourselves with compassion . . .  Colossians 3:12a

Thoughts/questions: When we have the heart of God, we have compassion. Most of us exhibit compassion when we become aware of circumstances which caused possibly inappropriate behavior.

My challenge for 2017 is for us to demonstrate compassion when we have NO knowledge or awareness of anything which might influence someone’s behavior. Can we have compassion just for compassion’s sake? Can we give the benefit of the doubt?

Or is it the case that others have to EARN our compassion? Remember, sinners sin, so we should expect nothing less. AND when Jesus saw Jerusalem and knew they were turning against Him, what was His response? Compassion, as He wept!

Yes, we are God’s chosen ones, so we are to clothe ourselves with compassion! I’m pretty sure you are physically clothed at ALL times, so let’s also show compassion at ALL times with EVERYONE!!!

Suggested prayer: Father God, compassion isn’t my natural reaction. Help me to rely on You to change my heart . . .

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