Have you spent time pondering the radical compassion that Jesus modeled for us? In stories like the Woman Caught in Adultery, or in the moments before His crucifixion, Jesus demonstrates mercy powerfully. When human nature assumes the worst should happen to an outcast or sinner, Jesus teaches us to extend compassion.
Be Merciful, even as your Father is Merciful
A Houston Texas ministry, 7more, models this for prisoners on their day of release. By providing prisoners with food, hygiene, and clothing which restores their dignity, 7more demonstrates the same mercy Jesus did, helping them properly integrate back into society. The ministry, named after Matthew 8, ultimately “want(s) to meet them with hope, dignity, honor, and the Kingdom of God” says Josh Walker, 7more co-founder.
“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 8:21-22)
Jesus Models Radical Compassion
Our culture today is eager to ostracize those who have hurt or offended us. Holy Spirit in our lives provides empowering compassion for us to extend to others. Reflect on the sin you were set free from from the life Jesus lived and died. How did God’s mercy save and empower you? Remembrance of God’s radical compassion in our lives empowers us to live holy, merciful lives that reflect God’s loving nature.
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
As he prepared to be killed, Jesus prayed for the Father to forgive his murderers. With this as a standard, we have no excuse to not extend forgiveness to those who hurt us in our own lives. A prayer for you today:
Father, empower us to live filled with your compassion for those in our lives. Lead us, Holy Spirit, in our thoughts, actions, and intentions towards others and reveal the places where our hearts have hardened toward our brothers and sisters. Fill us with your love to overflow, amen!