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Friday, July 15, 2016

Give Compassion

“You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate” (Luke 6:36, NLT)

            I have only this one life. The moment will come when it is too late to do anything about what I have needed to do. Nothing will bring the opportunity again. It came only once. Now, while I have the chance, I will love with His love, and then all things are possible. Even the most difficult thing becomes easier when offered with His love. Nothing is impossible when I have experienced the compassion of Jesus Christ.

            Who do I have an opportunity to love with His love, and have hesitated? Is it someone who has hurt or offended me? I can't love with His love if I can't forgive.  Perhaps I don't even call it unforgiveness. Perhaps I call it hurt or rejection. If it eats me up, I haven't forgiven. The pain has become my obsession instead of God. It is only in Him that I experience perfect peace. I choose to let it go, and let God heal my heart.

            Nothing is too difficult in Him. If I want to be His hands and His feet, then I must seek His heart and His mind. And in truly seeking, and truly surrendering, the hardness of a hurting heart will dissolve into pliable flesh in His hands. An opportunity will come that will not come again. I will make the most of what I am offered. Life is short, but His Spirit is so willing. In surrender and in the giving myself away, I will receive more than I ever thought possible.

            “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38, NLT). Be compassionate as He has been compassionate to you. It will return to you in full with even greater opportunity to give again.

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