Life Is About Love (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 216)
Mark 6:34a (NLT)
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them…
One of the main tests of spiritual maturity is how much love and compassion you extend to other people. It really isn’t about how many Bible verses you can quote or how many years you’ve served a church or how much you tithe or how much charity work you do or how many times a day you pray. The thing that really reveals your heart is how you treat other people.
Life is about love. The love we have for others or the lack of love we have for others shows how we see them and will play out in how we treat them. If we look at other people with an attitude of judgment, criticism, belittlement, condemnation, or disapproval, we are looking at them through our eyes. But if we look at other people with a heart of love, kindness, and compassion, willing to them in any way we can, we are beginning to see life through God’s eyes.
How do you think God sees people? God sees all people no matter who they are as lovable, forgiven, worthy, approved, valued, and accepted. Is this the way you see people? Is this how you treat people? Do you treat some people better than others? Your neighbor better than the homeless man on the street? Your best friend better than the new kid on the block? Your coworkers as competition? Your spouse or siblings as irritations?
All people are loved by God. All people matter to God or else He would not have created them. He has a plan for every single person who exists in the world. And that’s the way He treats us. As believers God wants us to learn to see people with kindness, compassion, and unconditional love. It might be easy to love family, but when you show love to your community or to the world, you begin to see people like Jesus would — with compassion.
“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”
— Henry Ward Beecher