Easter Sunday is just around the corner. For those of us who believe in Christ this is a day to reflect and celebrate. To reflect on how much God truly loves and cares for each one of us. To celebrate his resurrection. How he came to earth with skin on and lived a life of compassion and love like none other. He died on the cross and rose again so that you and I could experience salvation and eternal life. When I think about this, I mean really think about this, I can hardly keep the tears from flowing down my cheeks. I know who I am. I know how undeserving I am of such a gift. I am overwhelmed at the depth of God’s love for his people.
As I have been reflecting this week on the life that Christ lived and his ministry, two words kept coming to the front of my mind. The words, love and compassion. Jesus didn’t just talk about how compassionate he was but he ate, drank, breathed and lived compassion. He didn’t just use the word love he demonstrated love. He acted in love. He gave in love. I John 3:16-17, “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” NLT- When I read this I am reminded that as a Christ follower, I am expected to live in this way. The above verses in The Message read this way, “This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.” When I read that I feel some major conviction because how many times have I turned a cold shoulder and did nothing? I think it is time for a change. Time to get rid of excuses. Jesus was never to busy for people. In our hurry-up world it is so easy to be wrapped up in what I need to do that I miss the needs presenting themselves to me every single day. So many times Jesus added time to his already busy schedule by going out of his way to meet someone who needed him. To truly live a life of compassion we have to slow down and notice people.
Compassion causes us to suffer with others. Christ suffered so that He could rescue us. I need to ask myself, who am I suffering with? How can I sacrifice to help bring relief? I need to ask, what can I do today to bring tangible care to someone in need? Jesus is such a great example for us because he always considered the physical and spiritual needs of people. When we put our compassion in action and don’t just write about it, tweet about it and post to Facebook about it, we can do the same thing and lives can truly be transformed.
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As we celebrate Easter this year let’s ask God what we can do to live like Jesus, love like Jesus, and give like Jesus. Then we must have the faith and courage to act.
Galatians 6:2 “Share each others burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” NLT