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Compassion That Leads to Action

Emily Parr




Often we find ourselves in a place that feels dark.

We look at the world around us and see tragedy and poverty; we watch as governments fail to care for their people, natural disasters devastate land and lives. We want to do something, we long to help. We feel compassionate. defines compassion as, “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” Earlier this week, a team from University Fellowship Church, compelled by compassion, traveled to Haiti and helped to give our artisan room a makeover. They saw a need, and they acted!

The bible speaks of compassion on many occasions, one being Colossians 3:12, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” As we read this we see that we are designed to be compassionate with the world around us. When we are loved by God, we in turn want to love others in the same way. When others experience the love of God through us, they  want to give that love out. It’s a chain reaction.

So what does it look like to live a compassionate life?

Compassion looks a lot like rolling up your sleeves to work alongside each other to make something better. Not being afraid to ask others how you can help or what needs to be done. It involves listening to someone’s story, getting to know a community you might not have before. Often, it means getting out of your comfort zone! It is not motivated by ego, or a desire for recognition, but rather “humility, gentleness and patience”. And there is never an act to small to be insignificant in the Kingdom of God.

A life of compassion is possible wherever you are, whether that be in your neighborhood, your workplace, your city or even another country you never dreamed of finding yourself in. So go, as beloved children of God, and love others as the same.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Jordan Dafnis

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Have you spent any time today reflecting with God and thanking him for all of the blessings you have recieved? Or have you been caught up in all of life's chaos and difficulties? 

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL when it comes to appreciating all the good things we have during times when we are busy or facing serious trials. But having a positive and grateful attitude is a choice we can make. We know we have a loving God who has overcome all of the brokenness and struggles of this world. We just need to trust his plan and find the good in every situation. 

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Have you ever noticed that when you go into a situation with a negative mindset 9-times-out-of-10 you have a negative experience? Your thoughts really do play into the outcomes of situations. If you expect good things from God he will provide. 

"And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." 1 John 5:14-15

That is not to say life will always be perfect. Our God is a God of love. In order to have true love you must have freedom. And in order to have freedom you must have pain. God has a greater purpose for us beyond what we can see. So even though we endure pain and suffering on the earth we can be joyful knowing that heaven is perfect and one day we will make it home. 

Begin each day with prayer and share your gratitude with God. Just let him know you are thankful to have a place on the earth today. Then go out and share your joy and positivity with those around you. Soon you will see a change in your heart and in your life. 

"This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24