Harmonious Week 4
Touch by Compassion
To be perfectly honest, God is not pleased when we act out of self and not sincerity. I remember my boss warning new employees who were about to enter into a job where they would be serving and helping people of color in impoverished areas. He said, “relate to the people, do not develop a savior complex.” People should be moved by an authentic yearning to remedy an issue, not an inclination to make oneself obtain a sense of accomplishment. Believers of Jesus Christ are always driven by compassion.
When you help an individual, it should never be about competition, promotion, and limelight. Feeding the homeless is about helping the needy, not fulfilling a requirement for a community service project. Read to children not to just grace them with your presence, but because you want them to hear about values, vision, and victories.
When you are touched by compassion, you will be like the Samaritan who did the work and not merely wishing someone did something. When you look at Luke 10:25-37, you will see that the good Samaritan was moved to act. He was hands-on. When you are touched by compassion, self has no domain or thought in your actions. Colossians 3:12 states, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Christians should always practice compassion because that characteristic is why we have salvation. Psalm 116:5 says, “Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate.”
Compassion caused Christ to leave heaven. We sometimes have trouble leaving our bed to go to church, much less helping each other. Those who have suffered in life tend to show compassion toward others. Matthew 7:12 defines compassion by saying, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.” If your mind is renewed in Christ Jesus, you will make every effort to help the church and not harm fellow believers. We are to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you (Ephesians 4:12). Every living being has obstacles to overcome in life. We know we can do all things through Christ, which strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). His compassion allows us to reside in His will and His way. Within Christ, I can always endure whatever this world thrusts upon me because the Word of God says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33).