Have you ever been doing something when all of a sudden, you were interrupted by God? That was my story last night as I got out of the shower and decided to sit on the couch to watch the NBA Playoffs. During one of the commercial breaks, I got out my Bible to review the message that I was preparing to preach in the coming weeks. The only problem was that A.D.D. kicked in full speed.
Rather than reviewing my notes on commercial breaks, I found myself scrolling through social media (I know — I’m a sinner). It only took two thumb scrolls to find people attacking other people for religious and/or political beliefs. After getting frustrated with the statements I was reading, I decided it was time to pick up God’s Word (in hopes to escape the depressing reality of hatred that was displayed on social media).
I started reading in Matthew 14, where Jesus was getting ready to perform the miracle of feeding the 5000. While I’ve heard that story preached what seems like hundreds of times, a moment of revelation occurred. One sentence paralyzed me and left me in awe. You ready for it? Here it is…
“Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
Did you see that? When Jesus saw the huge crowd….HE HAD COMPASSION ON THEM! Notice that Jesus did not step out of the boat to begin condemning people in the crowd. Instead, he chose compassion.
I then asked myself, “how do I view others?” The answer I wanted to say was, “I love everyone and I wish we could all just get along.” But the truth was that I just spent 20 minutes prior to opening God’s Word completely frustrated with the opinions of a few others.
So why do I share this with you? Maybe you’re in a season of life where you could use an extra dose of compassion when dealing with others. I’ve learned that love is the channel through which salvation flows.
Choose Compassion, Not Condemnation.