The green eyes with gold specks around the iris simply mesmerised me. He wasn’t good looking as such otherwise but this totally caught my attention. Thank God for the gift of peripheral vision that He has gifted women where we can subtly appreciate minute details without others noticing we are doing so! Oooppps did I give out a secret here?!!! Anyway, the vision wasn’t held for long. A few minutes later the seat in front of me on the bus became free and this guy swung himself onto it so caught up on his phone call. There was an elderly man, so tall that his head was touching the ceiling of the bus despite his slouch, trying to get the seat. The power of the eyes diminished and all I could see was the ugliness of the very guy whose eyes had mesmerised me a few seconds ago.
It is possible that I’m judging this guy, that perhaps although he was young that he could have had some sickness or health that wasn’t visible to the eye where he needed a seat. But then again, it just seems that most of the young guys on the buses these days are really unfit that they need to push the elderly and also the pregnant women let alone the fairer sex to secure a seat for themselves. Perhaps the gyms need to reach out to them… Or perhaps it’s because they have a sense of ‘pride’ that they need to establish their ‘ego’ in “winning” the seat although in my eyes they lower themselves to being selfish human beings.
No matter how magnetic our outward appearances, we can actually look ‘ugly’ to others.
I think it’s about time that all of us start visiting the passion dot com site on the webs of our hearts. Selfishness (wrapped in a world of me, mine and myself) increasingly chases COM-PASSION away… God’s compassion for us is mentioned several times in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. We also read of Jesus having / being filled / moved with compassion.
The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion – Psalm 116:5
However Psalm 103:13 clarifies that the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. Often we claim to be believers but yet do things knowingly that those matters displease God. We put things ahead of God to suit our fleshly desires and when those very things show their true colours causing us pain we blame God for not being compassionate with us.
Deuteronomy 28 lists the curses for disobedience – of not obeying the LORD. One of these curses is the lack of compassion of even a gentle and sensitive man towards his own brother and own wife. Lack of compassion = a curse for disobedience!!! Ouch! However, to this very people God says He would have compassion on them if they turn to Him (Deuteronomy 30:3).
The Psalmist asks of the LORD,
Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight – Psalm 119:77
Of course we are now living in a time period where we are not under law but rather where we have His grace and love.
- Where is your delight right now?
- If you say your delight is in God, are you desiring to love God with ALL your heart, mind, soul and strength?
Jesus doesn’t stipulate “some” of your heart, mind, soul and strength as the first of the 2 greatest commandments but rather ALL.
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him! – Isaiah 30:18
- Are you willing to wait for Him?
God speaks to us through prophet Zechariah:
This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another’ – Zechariah 7:9
He doesn’t give us an option but rather He says it in the “definitive”.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience – Colossians 3:12
- What does the phrase clothe yourselves mean?
- What makes Paul begin the verse with “therefore” – i.e. what did he write in the preceding verses?
Clothing is something we put on intentionally… Each time we change we decide what is appropriate to wear. As God’s chosen people we are told to clothe ourselves with compassion along with other things, i.e. be intentional about being compassionate. Paul clarifies the reason why we ought to do this – that we have not put on our new self “which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” and thus there is no partiality or differences amidst us.
Do we actually think of compassion as a ‘must’ for us as God’s chosen believers? Or are we those who think that “we shouldn’t let our heart rule over our mind”? What would the choice be as a believer in light of the above verses?
- How does this tie in with the concept of the Body of Christ where are all joined as one with Christ as the head of the Body?
- Why is the “physical body” used to demonstrate the Body of Christ?
- How do we respond when one part of our physical body gets hurt or injured? Would we ignore it or would we automatically do something?
- If we are part of the Body of Christ, wouldn’t we automatically act in compassion? If we loved God wouldn’t we be His vessel to demonstrate His love to each other as unto ourselves?
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose – Philippians 2:1-2
If this is an area that you are lacking, that there is a need to visit the passion.com site, take a few minutes to ask God why it is so? How is your relationship with God? Doing ministry is of no use if there is no relationship with God or those around you as the two greatest commandments are centred around love. We may blame our personalities or our upbringing or experiences but at the end of the day if we have surrendered our hearts and will to God and we are being led by the Holy Spirit, His love will indeed flow into us and through us. If we have indeed felt God’s encouragment or comfort or fellowship or tenderness or compassion, wouldn’t we mirror that love as we know the joys of it all first hand?
God is a God of compassion – shouldn’t we be increasingly so if we are being restored into His Image?