Why We Should Be Compassionate (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 271)
Luke 6:36 (NLT)
You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Jesus is the epitome of compassion and mercy. Each day we are alive is the perfect example of mercy being made evident in our lives. Sometimes, we won’t feel like being merciful or compassionate to other people. I know there are times in my own life where I allow frustration and disappointment to take over instead of showing mercy and extending compassion. It is one of the most difficult, but right decisions we can ever make.
Scripture instructs us to show compassion and mercy to other people for one main reason: because God has shown compassion and mercy to us. If you’re going to make a difference in your environment and in the lives of the people around you, you’ve got to learn to be a compassionate person. No matter how hard it is, make the choice to extend mercy even to the toughest people in your life. Some of God’s choicest blessings are a result of the mercy we allow to flow from our lives.
What do you want to do with good news? You normally want to share it with others. Mercy is the same way. We should show mercy not only because God has shown us mercy but because he instructs us to be compassionate and merciful in our daily lives. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is not just a cute cliche, it’s a commandment from scripture. And it applies to mercy and compassion as well.
A compassionate life is a well-lived life. Throughout your life, you’re going to need some compassion and mercy. You will make mistakes and disappoint others at times. While you may feel guilt, you don’t want the other person to just throw you to the side. You desire and need mercy. The more merciful and compassionate you are to others, the more peace and happiness will exist in your life.
Isn’t it comfortable to know that we serve a God who is unconditionally full of mercy and compassion? While he does punish us for our sins, he loves us enough to do so. He bears our burdens, comforts us in our grief, hears our complaints, answers our cry for justice, and demonstrates his long-suffering and loving kindness in our lives. Think of how you can reflect Christ in your life by showing compassion and mercy to the people around. Pay attention to how doing so can change the outcome of potentially negative situations.
“People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: “Lord, teach me compassion,” but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion.”
— Henry Ward Beecher