I heard a beautiful story this afternoon about compassion. Big Sister got a warning from Dad that she needed to be the first one ready for school or there would be a punishment, and not a fun one. (Is there any “fun” punishment?) The reason is that she is not getting done on time. Her mother woke Big Sister early to give her plenty of time. After ten minutes she went to get Big Brother out of bed.
“Mom,” he said. “I want to stay in bed ten more minutes to give my sister plenty of time to be the first one to get ready.”
Big Sister took her time as usual. Later, when it was time to leave for school, Little Sister hid behind the bathroom door. “I better hide here so Big Sister can be the first one ready to leave for school,” she said.
It touched my heart when I heard about this show of compassion. I don’t think Big Sister understands the love that was shown to her, but I hope she picks up the same compassionate attitude that Big Brother and Little Sister have. They had compassion and did not want their sister to be punished!
We have a God and Father that is “full of compassion and mercy” (James 5:11). He is the “Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Cor 1:3-4).
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;” great is your faithfulness (Lam 3:22-23).
When you wake up in the morning, does it take you “forever” to get ready or are you quick to put on your attire? Are you as particular about your inner appearance as the outer? Here is some clothing that the Lord wants us to put on: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Col 3:12).
What Big Brother and Little Sister did is what the apostle Paul writes about to the church in Ephesus: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Eph 4:32).
Here is the apostle Peters admonition: “Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble” (1 Peter 3:8).
Many times in the Gospels we read that Jesus had compassion.
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things” (Mark 6:34).
When Jesus had been teaching for a long time, he called his disciples and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way” (Matt 15:32).
The girl on the picture benefits from a compassion ministry in Huancayo, Peru. She gets a hot meal every day at the feeding station Comedor Betania. Just recently the lady in charge was robbed of $500 that were aimed for this ministry. Someone had their eyes on her at the ATM machine and when she had walked a ways he put a gun in her back and told her, “Don’t turn around just give me the money.” And there went the money aimed to feed the children. There are many such sad incidents. I’m just glad my friend that runs the ministry was not hurt. But many meals were lost!
Tomorrow, when you get up and get ready for your day, don’t forget to put on COMPASSION.
The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.