Compassion of God
Compassion is not just empathy, it is the Divine Energy of the Universe; it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for survival of humanity. Compassion is a simple way of moving through the world with respect for all beings. It is about practicing acceptance, concern, and understanding for others, with the realization that whatever we do for someone else helps us grow as spiritual beings.
In this story, a poor widow mourning the death of her only son. A widow in those days was in a very vulnerable position if there were no male relatives to protect and provide for her. This particular woman had already lost her husband and now her only son. This widow knows nothing of Jesus; her world is limited to a darkened sphere of grief. She does not approach Jesus with an eloquent plea; she is too torn to even pray, but our Savior does not demand that we fit into a set pattern to receive His help. He does not restrain His compassion because we fail to meet “our good deed quota.” Or, because we do not say the right words.
As Jesus looked upon this woman he saw that all her hope has gone, a woman who not only was having to stand alone with death, but also being judged by her own society and people. Jesus told her not to weep because He was about to turn her tears into a testimony. I want you to notice that Jesus did not stop with offering sympathy. Compassion is a good deal more than sympathy. Jesus did much more than offer teary-eyed clichés. He brought her son back from the dead. Doesn’t this give us a glimpse of the compassion of Jesus? I think Jesus gives us a more accurate description of God. Jesus shows us that God is someone who loves us and has compassion on us in our situations.
Perhaps you are like the widow, your heart has run out of hope? You do not just need a change of attitude. You need to connect or reconnect to the source of hope. Our Lord is not hindered nor limited by the things that render us hopeless. With Christ there is always hope. The Love of Jesus can take a broken life and make it whole. The Energy of Jesus can take a splintered relationship and make it complete. The Compassion of Jesus can reach into an embittered heart and give hope. Do we have a hopeless situation? Can I persuade you, that Jesus knows and He has the power and ability to help us all on our journey? Will we let Him help and be a part of our lives, in our families, our church, and in all our community?
The great challenge of the mission of our Church is to cultivate and spread the unshakable confidence that God is better than what life can give us and what death can take from us. “Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use” (Gandhi). The works we do for one another determine our true strength. It is about practicing acceptance, concern, and understanding for others, with the realization that whatever we do for someone else helps us grow as spiritual beings.
The Bible says in Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, ….”
Dr. SAMUEL SAWITSKI,
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Desert Garden United Church of Christ
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