COMPASSION COMES WITH A SACRIFICE TO OUR PERSONAL FEELINGS
It is nothing short of miraculous what the Lord God has done for us. In that God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8). Let us take a moment to Praise the Lord for His Love, His Goodness, and His Compassion for (wo)man!!!
This week at bible study, as we continued to explore the emotions of Christ (God) we revisited Christ’s last supper with the disciples in the Gospel according to St. Luke chapter 22. As you read, place a close eye on verses 3, 16, 32, 44, and 65
REMEMBER!!! COMPASSION COMES WITH A SACRIFICE TO OUR PERSONAL FEELINGS. THE SCRIPTURE SHOWS US THE UNFAITHFULNESS TOWARDS CHRIST BY MORE THAN ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES. THE SAME MEN HE HAD CARED FOR, PRAYED FOR, AND HEALED. BETRAYED HIM TO WICKED MEN, DENIED HIM IN PUBLIC, AND EVEN DOUBTED HIS RESURRECTION. THIS OF COURSE DID NOT MAKE CHRIST HAPPY. FOR THE SCRIPTURE TEACHES US THAT WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM: FOR HE THAT COMETH TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM. (Hebrews 11:6)
BECAUSE OF GREED AND FEAR MEN SIN AGAINST THE NAME OF THE LORD. SO WHERE DOES OUR HOPE LIE? JESUS TOLD PETER “I HAVE PRAYED FOR THEE, THAT THY FAITH FAIL NOT: AND WHEN THOU ART CONVERTED, STRENGTHEN THY BRETHREN.” (Luke 22:32) CHRIST PRAYED FOR PETER BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT THE TEST PETER WOULD TAKE WOULD SHAKE HIS FAITH AND CAUSE HIM TO DOUBT HIS OWN FAITH AND WORTHINESS IN GOD. CHRIST DID NOT REBUKE PETER FOR BEING A COWARD.
TESTS AND TRIALS WILL COME! THIS WE KNOW! IT IS THESE TIMES WHERE WE MUST REMEMBER THAT “NO TEMPTATION [REGARDLESS OF ITS SOURCE] HAS OVERTAKEN OR ENTICED YOU THAT IS NOT COMMON TO HUMAN EXPERIENCE [NOR IS ANY TEMPTATION UNUSUAL OR BEYOND HUMAN RESISTANCE]; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL [TO HIS WORD—HE IS COMPASSIONATE AND TRUSTWORTHY], AND HE WILL NOT LET YOU BE TEMPTED BEYOND YOUR ABILITY [TO RESIST], BUT ALONG WITH THE TEMPTATION HE [HAS IN THE PAST AND IS NOW AND] WILL [ALWAYS] PROVIDE THE WAY OUT AS WELL, SO THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ENDURE IT [WITHOUT YIELDING, AND WILL OVERCOME TEMPTATION WITH JOY]” (1 CORINTHIANS 10:13)
EVEN CHRIST WAS IN AGONY AS HE PRAYED TO THE FATHER (Luke 22:44) AND HE AROSE FROM PRAYER WITH COMPASSION FOR HIS SLEEPING DISCIPLES AND COMPASSION EVEN FOR THE MEN WHO HAD COME TO TAKE HIM AWAY. HE GAVE NO EXCUSE TO JUSTIFY ANGER AND WRATH TOWARDS THEM FOR THEIR WRONGDOINGS. NEITHER SHOULD YOU!!!
TRUE LOVE SHOWS COMPASSION! IT IS PATIENT AND IT IS SLOW TO ANGER! LET US SHOW COMPASSION TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER THIS DAY
Please review the following scriptures during your studies: (Luke 22) (Psalms 86:15, 145:8-9) (Lamentations 3:22-27)