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Day 19: Compassion

It’s up to us to be the Jesus that they see so that they can meet the Jesus that we know.

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:17-18 NKJV

Today as we mark the 19th day of our 21 Day Fast, meditate on this admonition from John. When we walk through streets, into work, into school, at home, do we tend to ignore those who are in need? It says “whoever has this world’s goods,” which means blessing; if we’re blessed and we ignore the needs, or worse refuse to help even though we see the need, then how can we say we love God; how can we say that God’s love lives in us? Love is a word and an emotion, but, more than that, love is action; true love means that we have compassion on those who God has compassion on–hint: it’s everyone.

One way to ask God to help you if you find yourself wanting in this area is to pray that God will open your spiritual eyes to see the people around you the same way God sees them. He doesn’t look at someone and see “dregs” of society; God sees a broken person in need of His saving, healing Power. Jesus showed us compassion when he gave His life for us on the Cross, so then must we show others compassion; we should be falling over ourselves to try to help others. We should be running and providing assistance, support, and even defense against violence for those precious souls that need Jesus. It’s up to us to be the Jesus that they see so that they can meet the Jesus that we know.

Prayer for the Day:

Touch my heart, oh God. Touch my heart. Touch me. I don’t want to be cold. I don’t want to be hard shelled. I want to be tender. I want to be sensitive. I want to show the world your compassion and grace. I want Your anointing on me. I feel the incrustation of worldliness and materialism and the cares of this life. Melt it! In Jesus’ Name, amen.