Idea: God teaches us to be compassionate as we grow.
Coloassians 3.12 (CSB): Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion...
Devotional: I was in small group one evening when I was a high school senior. I don’t remember what we were talking about, but I do remember saying that I wanted to be more compassionate and understanding toward others. I also remember CR (one of the leaders) saying that God would teach me in due time—she was (and is) right. Throughout scripture, we are told that the Lord is compassionate (Mt. 9.36; Ps. 103.13) and that we, too, should be compassionate. However, because of our sin, we are often everything but compassionate.
Compassion is when you are confronted with the suffering of others and are motivated to relieve that suffering. When God created Adam and Eve, they knew no suffering. However, by their own doing, they embraced suffering by choosing to sin against Holy God. When God saw this, he was moved with compassion and provided a solution. God sent his one and only Son to make you and me right with Himself (John 3.16).
When we have experienced the compassion of God, we are to extend compassion to others. We are to bear with and forgive one another (Col. 3.13). Thought it’s not easy, God does help us in the process. He helps to be compassionate and understanding by teaching us, growing us, and reminding us of his work in our lives.
As we journey the Disciple’s Path, may we remember to clothe ourselves in compassion, as we imitate Christ in all aspects of our lives.
-How has God been compassionate to you in your life?
-How can you extend compassion, forgiveness, and patience to others in your life?
-Pray and thank God for his abundant compassion. Ask him to help cultivate a character of compassion in you.
Allow God to continually soften your heart so that it beats for what his heart beats for—people. — Christine Caine
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