Monday, April 03, 2017

April 3, 2017 ... Compassion ALWAYS!

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 93 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from an anonymous voice singing … Everyone Needs Compassion … poignantly singing what should be the surrender and goal of every Christian … to show the Savior in all that we do.

Highlight Verse[s]: Colossians 3:12-13 … [NLT] … 
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 
… Being compassionate, as Christians, is our way of showing Christ to a fallen world. 
Highlight Passage [context]: Colossians 3:12-17 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Paul helps Christians see how we should treat others … ALWAYS!

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Lamentations 3:22 [NLT] … 
22 The faithful love to the Lord never ends; … His mercies never cease. 
… Yes, … even when it doesn’t feel like it, God works in our lives … for our good.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … John 13:34-35 [NLT] … 
34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” 
… It’s our Lord’s command … to love others … ALWAYS … to show the world we are His disciples.

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … Ephesians 4:31-32 [NLT] … 
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. 
… Being compassionate and caring should be the M.O. of any Christian.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Dave Branon, used a personal illustration to teach on showing the love/compassion of Christ to others. The ODB author wrote: Seven of us were attending a musical production at a crowded amusement park. Wanting to sit together, we tried to squeeze into one row. But as we did, a woman rushed between us. My wife mentioned to her that we wanted to stay together, but the woman quickly said, “Too bad,” as she and her two companions pushed on into the row. 
As three of us sat one row behind the other four, my wife, Sue, noticed that the woman had an adult with her who appeared to have special needs. She had been trying to keep her little group together so she could take care of her friend. Suddenly, our irritation faded. Sue said, “Imagine how tough things are for her in a crowded place like this.” Yes, perhaps the woman did respond rudely. But we could respond with compassion rather than anger. 

How would we react/respond to someone seemingly rudely trying to push their way into our lives in such a confrontation? I would hope like those folks, … in the way Christ would want us to respond … as HE would respond. And if we take in today’s song/scriptures above, perhaps we will show His love and compassion today.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … LORD, … Help me to find the humility/meekness You described of Yourself in Matt. 11:19. I want others to see You in my actions today. … Amen

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