READ : Colossians 3:12-14
Former president of the United States Jimmy Carter reminds us by his actions and interviews that compassion is much better than violence. Compassion motivates people like him to build houses for people in need through Habitat for Humanity.
President Jimmy Carter insists that people, including himself, rarely reach out to poor people. His Sunday school class which he teaches in Plains, Georgia, takes offerings for the poor. However, most members of his class do not know a poor family. They must call the welfare office for a name!
Violence harms people; compassion shows them mercy. People who care act to help others and solve problems. They see people in need and reach out to them with substantive gifts of food, drink and shelter.
Salvation from God is a gift. Forgiveness by a holy God is undeserved. But God willingly sees the sinner as sinless through the lens of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. If God has shown us so much mercy, should we not gratefully demonstrate the same with compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience toward others?
Help us, O Lord, to care. Without embarrassment may we show compassion. In the name of Jesus. Amen.