While on my way to church one morning, I reflected over my cell leader’s Word on “Compassion”, which inspired me to pen “The Environment Just Won’t Change”.
“Compassion? Are you kidding?”, “Why should I when he is undeserving?”, “Why should I when she is getting on my nerves?”- Do they sound very familiar to you? Far too often, we smacked them with forget-it verdicts.
Your home. Your workplace. Your environment. It is the people that made up your world.
Your family. Your colleagues. Your anybody. Those are the people who are are lost in a fallen world that need compassion.
No doubt, it is easy to serve the people you love.
Much less to say, it is an easy feat to like the people who are nice.
Unfortunately, Jesus is more interested in how you treat the thorns.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.” -Luke 6:32-34
Take a cue- the person whom you always have issue with the most gives you an inkling who you really are, that is, the condition of your heart. Irritants are always good catalysts for testings in a research lab.
Testing… testing… testing…
The people you find irritating may still be irritating;
The people you can’t handle may still be as challenging;
The people who do not deserve your kindness may still be undeserving;
The people who don’t appreciate you may still remain unmoved;
The people who hurt you may still hurt you.
Do they still deserve your compassion?
Before you pass a verdict, remember, Jesus did not choose whom He wants to be compassionate to. He gave the grace, freely.
We can’t control the way our family, our colleagues, our friends or strangers respond to us. And it is not our job to change them, nor our business to judge them. Our compassion should not be hinging on how these people behave or react. Neither do we give compassion when the weather is clear or when the temperature is good.
Compassion is an act of grace, not an attitude of judgement.
Compassion is self-giving, not self-keeping.
Are you not a recipient of the compassion of Jesus too?
Testing… testing… testing…
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” – Romans 12:20
Now Jesus is very interested in your soul- not how far you end but how well you grow.
Let me offer you another perspective- we all live once. A tar baby today may be your dearest friend tomorrow.
Perhaps you need some dosage of love-pills to nurture the health of compassion. Love and compassion are buddies. Try weighing yourself with this measuring scale “1 Corinthians 13:4-8”
Love is patient and long suffering but never gives up; love is kind, thoughtful and cares for others more than for self. Love is not jealous nor envious, it does not boast, it is not prideful. Love is not rude nor act ungraciously. it is not selfish nor it insists on its own rights or ways but put others’ interest above the self, it is not easily irritable or resentful, it does not take into account of wrongs that others do. Love does not take pleasure in unrighteousness, but always rejoices with the truth. It bears all things and put up with anything, believes all things and never loses faith; It hopes all things and always looks for the best, It endures all things. Love never fails; it never dies.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) Love your neighbour as you would love yourself (Mark 12:31), for great is a love that covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)”