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Show Some Compassion

Do you ever look at something and are just baffled? A couple of weeks ago, I could not understand why a guy would want to walk a tightrope across the Grand Canyon. I watched in amazement. When I read the end of Acts 7, I am struck with the same amazement. Stephen puts on a mind-blowing display of compassion.

Acts 7:60 says, “Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he said this he fell asleep.” With his last breath, Stephen pleaded loudly with God to have compassion on his murderers.

Compassion comes easy for some, but it is a difficult battle for me. It is hard to embrace a person who has done you wrong. A couple of months after being let go from a job, I was challenged to deal with unforgiveness in my life. It was clear that God wanted to set me free; even though I felt wronged, I had to forgive.

Forgiveness was the first step in freedom, but I really felt like I was moving forward when I began to pray for those who I felt wronged me. God knows how hatred and bitterness can handcuff us, so he calls us to forgive and show compassion. If you are struggling with compassion, take the time to remind yourself that without Jesus’s compassion for us our freedom is not possible.

Reflect:

  • Why is compassion difficult?
  • Has God put someone on your heart you need to show compassion?

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