4 – Resurrecting Compassion
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
– We’re far more obsessed with me.
– We’re far more overwhelmed with exposure to suffering.
– We’re facing a lack of meaningful personal interaction.
1. True compassion demands action.
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8
2. To say that you care, but not act, is to not care at all.
“A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. ‘If you’re willing, Jesus, you can heal me and make me clean.’ Jesus was moved with compassion and He reached out and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be healed!’” Mark 1:40-41
“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14
What does compassion do?
1. Compassion interrupts.
2. Compassion costs.
3. Compassion changes lives.
- Be honest. What are some issues you know you should care about but really find yourself not caring much at all?
- Are you able to see the lack of compassion in your life? How do you usually respond to it?
- If someone followed you around tomorrow, what evidence might they see that you are obsessed with yourself? Where would they see compassion?
- How has serving from compassion and caring for others impacted your life?
- As Todd said, compassion is costly and it interrupts our lives. What are some ways you can proactively prepare for that this week?