Compassion is something that we should have, no matter what. Jesus loved people in spite of who they were, how they acted, or how they treated Him! And we should be following that example of the compassion of Christ. Compassion should never be based on if the other person deserves it or not, because we didn't deserve the compassion that Christ showed us, when He gave His life, so that we could be saved. Jesus said in Matthew 7:12
12 Therefore… or based on what I just told you. Based on how good and loving God is.
Based on what I’m telling you that you should do…
12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Jesus gave this statement, this call to action, in such a way, so much, that no one could say it didn’t apply to them.
Jesus told people first to love people, to have compassion on them, but then He told them, however much compassion you would want, however much you would want people to do for you… have that much compassion on others, and do for them.
This statement goes so much than just saying to care for people. According to this statement, your compassionate love for people, should never take in to account, how they treat you, because you should treat others, the way you want to be treated. According to this statement, your actions towards someone, should never be a reaction of they way they treat you. Instead they should be a choice, a conscious decision on how you want to be treated! Matthew 10:5-8
5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as you go, preach (to proclaim openly, to speak to others openly, without fear), saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give! Let me say the last part of Verse 8 again, "Freely you have received, freely give!" Freely means undeservingly, by grace. So, what it's saying is... freely (undeservingly) we have received, so freely we should give, even to those who are undeserving. Jesus, while He was on the Earth, went to the poor, the hungry, the hurting, the sick, and the lost. Jesus sought people who were by most people's definition, the undeserving. Jesus loved, He taught, He feed and He healed… and He told His disciples to continue to do the same things!
Jesus didn't allow everyday life to consume Him. Instead, He focused on the work! Jesus didn’t spend all day worrying about the Caesar.
Jesus didn’t care what the Pharisees and Sadducees were doing.
But what He did care about was the sick and the hurting!
He focused all of His attention of doing the will of His Father, which was to proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven has come. He declared and delivered freedom to the people! And that's what we should be doing! Have A Blessed Day! Pastor George Finney New Life Church NewLifeKenefick@yahoo.com