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The Courage of Being Compassionate

October 23, 2016

 

2nd Samuel 9 David asked, "Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul to whom I may show kindness for Jonathan's sake?" 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and he was summoned to David. The king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" And he said, "At your service!" 3 The king said, "Is there anyone remaining of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?" Ziba said to the king, "There remains a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet." 

 

Dear Friends,

 

Peace, grace and love to you in Jesus name.

 

Compassion has gone out of style.   The ability to have either sympathy or empathy for another human being and their needs is difficult to come by in a world so focused on scarcity.   We are being convinced to limit our care and concern only to those with whom we share common external characteristics - nationality, skin color, religion, sexuality, political viewpoints, economic status - just to name a few.  The reach of care, concern and compassion seems bound to a select group we deem worthy to receive.

 

As followers of Jesus, and those who strive to have a heart for God's will and way, we must move beyond the divides and divisions of today.  To be as God calls us to be; start by seeing as God sees- everyone is a child of God!

 

The above passages from the story of David demonstrate what it means to have a heart for God.   David is now the second king of Israel, the one anointed by God to replace King Saul. During the rise of David, on numerous occasions Saul tried to kill David, including throwing a spear at him which barely missed the target.  Saul made life difficult for David and in essence, designated David as public enemy number one.

 

Through tragedy and traumatic events, Saul and his family are all killed and his household is left in shambles.  In spite of all that was done to David by Saul, David wants to know, "Is there anyone of Saul's family left alive whom I can show kindness?"    Is there anyone I can show compassion towards and create a new relationship? 

 

David is told about a grandson of Saul and son of Jonathan to whom he may demonstrate compassion, a young man named Mephibosheth.  So David crossed the divide of the two families and took Mephibosheth into his house and provided for him as long as he lived.

 

Compassion.  In this day and age, compassion takes courage because not everyone is going to be supportive of who you help.  Not everyone is going to see as God sees and love as God loves.   But that is the call we have from God, to be like David and have a heart for God and God's way of love, grace and compassion for all God's children.

 

Be of good courage and show compassion for ALL God's children.

 

Love, Pastor G

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