Compassion is a quality that every follower of Jesus must demonstrate. Compassion simply means "sympathy, pity, showing mercy or to give an aid to another." Compassion moves you to take the extra effort in extending a helping hand to someone in need even when it is uncomfortable for you. Jesus is the perfect example of a compassionate person. He was so thoughtful about everyone He came across.
Mark 6:34 reads "When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things." In Matthew 15:32, after teaching the people for three days, His disciples wanted to send the people away hungry but He had compassion on them and that resulted in the miracle of feeding thousands of people with five loaves and two fishes. This was the only miracle recorded in all four gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. When you become compassionate, miracles will accompany you because you have become God's outstretched arm of help to others.
You can show compassion today like helping other Christians and non-Christian in meeting their needs in practical ways, sponsoring poor kids in other countries to go to school etc. Most importantly, you should be compassionate about the spiritual well-being / needs of your friends, family members, neighborhood. You can exhibit compassion by praying for them to be saved and taking the extra-step in sharing the good-news of Jesus and inviting them to Church where they can fellowship with other believers and grow in their faith.
Showing compassion is not in words but in action. God will always use a compassionate heart to touch a hurting world. Show compassionate today, join our adopt your street/neighbor/friend prayer evangelism initiative.
Relationships matter! Yes they matter a lot. You and I are social creatures - made to give love and receive love from God and other people. At creation, God said it was not good for human beings to be alone. He gave Adam a companion named Eve.
Whenever two people get together, whether single, dating or in a marriage, interpersonal relationships are built. Sometimes these relationships are smooth and held together by efficient communication and mutual love, respect and support for each other. Often, these relationships are marked by anger, lies, ego, unforgiveness and personal comfort which leads to unnecessary conflicts.
Is God interested in helping you and me to have a better relationship? What are the pillars for a lasting and happy marriage? Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-29 (NLV) "Come to Me, all of you who work and have heavy loads. I will give you rest. Follow My teachings and learn from Me.... " (emphasis mine).
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God bless. Chima
Bitterness, malice and bad anger are offshoots of unforgiving character. There are people who say, "I will never forgive this fellow for what he did to me." As a Christian, me and you are called to act like Christ and walk in forgiveness. Therefore put away bitterness, malice and anger.
God tells us in Ephesians 4:13 through Apostle Paul , he said "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice."
Why should you and me put away bitter, malice and anger from our lives? Because it hinders the power and the life of God from flowing effectively through us. . I discovered many years ago that there are no perfect people or place where the temptation of anger, bitterness and malice cannot arise. But we have a perfect God who we can run to when we are burdened with anger, malice and bitterness etc.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 (NLT) "Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." I have decided that I won't carry unnecessary burdens, rather I will give it to Jesus in exchange for His rest. How about you?
The best is yet to come. Be blessed, Chima.