Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
[ God Is Gracious and Just ] Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
For there is no respect of persons with God.
Ready for this one? You are not any different than anybody else…in the eyes of God. God does not lay any precedence in the life of another who seems to be ahead of us in the Christian Walk. He loves the president of a company just as the secretary. He loves the preacher the same amount as the newly born Christian. He loves the drug addict just the same as the devote Christian. Let us take a moment to wrap this around our brains, God created us, He loves us, He wants a relationship with everyone He has placed the breath of life into, why would He love us each differently? No matter where we go, no matter what we do, our God has compassion and scoops us right back into His loving arms and welcomes us home. Look at the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:30-32) the father rejoiced upon the return of his wayward son and so too is it with our Heavenly Father.
As we begin down the road to the Promised Land we begin to see that God has spared us from a multiple of mishaps along the way. I can name several instances where I could see where God saved my life and if He did it for me, would He not do it also in the lives of others around me? God pulls people, saved and unsaved, out of fire struck buildings and smashed cars every day and when they walk away and honor God for their recovery God is glorified. The Bible says to do ALL things to Glorify God and having compassion for others is one of them. How many times are we quick to judge others even if we don’t really mean too? I have to repent all the time when I start to make judgements and conclusions about others around me. The world has made us so stero-typing that we have lost sight of God in all of it. Do we honestly think God looks down at earth and separates us into “groups”? Do you think when we get to heaven we will have our own sections according who we were on earth? NO! God loves all of us with the same agape love and no matter how we try to deny it, it is not going to change.
We may stomp our feet when someone gets their dream before we get ours, however I assure you we need to examine what we have not done in our own lives to see why. For years I have thrown a pity party of one because of the lack I had in my life. Well, it was not because God did not want to bless me, it was my lack of faith and trust which left me in the middle of my disaster. It wasn’t because God did not love me the same as my friend who had a huge home, nice car, money in the bank and a life that just seemed so perfect. It was because I chose not to listen and thought I had it all under control. We have no right to place people in categories and I am sure it is not fair to anyone to be “placed” in a certain group. We need to stop judging the lives of others and focus on how we can have compassion for them instead.
Take the homeless man you just passed along the road, how did you react? Did you begin to make a life story for him without even knowing what he was all about? How about the loudly speaking person in the grocery store, do we judge where she came from and what she is complaining about? Watching a child being disciplined in public, do we quickly frown upon the parenting skills and begin to judge? I really encourage all of this coming week to ask God to let us see others like He does. I feel as I am writing this tears welling as God is gripping my heart in this area. We are to have compassion, judging is for God, not us. We help shine the Light when we ourselves step out of the judging position and lower our walls to meet people right where they are. Why is this so hard for us? I don’t pretend to have all the answers, and frankly I do not want to know them all, however I know what I hear in my spirit. Compassion is a key we all need to hold in our out stretched hand to those in need. If you give it, God will give it to you.