“The LORD is merciful and good; our God is compassionate.” (Psalm 116:5, GNT)
The Lord impressed upon me recently the importance of us as Christians having compassion on others. We never know what someone has been through or what they are currently going through. Everyone’s journey is unique, and the experiences we have had, have contributed to who we are today. Some are born into poverty, while others are born into wealth. Some are born into crime, while others are born into legitimate opportunities to excel. Some grew up in loving families, while others don’t know their parents at all.
Jesus encountered people from all different walks of life; however, He always showed compassion. One of my favorite stories is when He was with the woman at the well. He took time to notice her. He didn’t disregard her because of who she was or because of the life she lived. How often do we disregard others because they are not like us? How often do we reach conclusions about others that are based on our own viewpoints?
As representatives of Jesus, we have the privilege to show His compassion to others. It can be simple to slip into our own little comfortable worlds and forget those around us who are hurting or less fortunate. It’s important to be sensitive to God’s Spirit as He teaches us how to show compassion; because even the smallest act of compassion can go along ways.