Compassion

(Old Post from 2007)

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

As we look at this verse, several things strike me as interesting. First, we are to be kind and compassionate to one another. This verse does not say to those who we choose, but to everyone. What does it mean to be kind? What is compassion? Our hearts should recognize and emphasize with the hearts of our brothers and sisters. Recognizing kindness and offering compassion to our fellow brothers and sisters both believers and non-believers is crucial for success.

Second, we are to forgive each other. How often does someone hurt us or we hurt someone and don’t do anything about it? The answer is far too often. In our own private lives, we must seek and ask God for forgiveness when we hurt Him. Our hearts should grieve when there is something between our brothers and sisters.

Third, as God forgives you, you should forgive your brother. If there is something between you and a friend, seek their forgiveness. It is better to restore the relationship then to let it fester and then hatred develops.

Practically speaking, this is so much easier said then done. Our very nature is not one to seek forgiveness, but if the Lord brings someone or a situation to mind, confess your sin and ask for healing.

Application: Spend 15 minutes in silence asking God to reveal to you any sin against your brother or sister that you need to repent of and then confess the sin and if the case warrants seek forgiveness from that person.

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