~Lamentations 3:20-23 My soul hath [them] still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 [It is of] the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 [They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.

Oh how faithful is our Heavenly Father! When everything seems to be going wrong and the world appears to be falling apart, we have a God who loves us! His compassion will never fail us! Every day, His compassion starts anew and He remains faithful!

What burden are you carrying today? God wants us to know that those burdens are not for us to carry alone. He is willing to carry them and help us!

~Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

I love how David tried to emphasize God’s compassion in Psalms! Did he succeed in revealing this to you, dear Christian? Are you clinging to a burden today that is more than you can bare? You don’t need to! Place your tears at the Saviour’s feet and leave them there. Allow the Lord to lift you up and place you under His wings.

~Psalm 78:38 But he, [being] full of compassion, forgave [their] iniquity, and destroyed [them] not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.

~Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, [art] a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

~Psalm 111:4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD [is] gracious and full of compassion.

~Psalm 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: [he is] gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

~Psalm 145:8 The LORD [is] gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

 

~Lamentations 3:31-32 For the Lord will not cast off for ever: 32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

Just as you hate to see your children suffer pain, so does our Heavenly Father. We suffer grief at the loss of a family member or friend, or because we sinned, or due to circumstances beyond our control. But today’s verse doesn’t differentiate – just as it doesn’t matter to us what the reason is that our child is grieving. We just want to hold this child and assure him that all will be well. Can you see the Lord doing this in today’s verses? ♥ ♥ ♥

God’s compassion is immeasurable … His mercies never ending 🙂 As sinners, we are so undeserving, yet He love us so completely!

~Lamentations 3:22-23 [It is of] the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 [They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.

Great is Thy Faithfulness
Thomas Chisholm

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been,Thou forever wilt be.

Refrain:
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

(Refrain)

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own great presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

(Refrain)

 

 

~Jude 20-23 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (20) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (21) And of some have compassion, making a difference: (22)

Weariness does not occur overnight. It is a compilation of day-to-day hardships and stresses that grow from a little to almost overwhelming us.

Jude encourages us to build ourselves in our faith praying in the Holy Spirit. Many times we think we know God’s will but we do not pray seeking His will. Jude assures us that our faith will be built as we pray in the Spirit seeking the will of the Father.  This isn’t some “cosmic” experience.  Since the believer has the Holy Spirit residing within him, the believer must be sensitive to God’s direction as He leads us.  Bible reading, praying, studying the word of God are all ways that the Spirit uses to communicate.  This is a simple and basic example but it makes a point:  Let’s say you’re praying for God to provide you with a Cadillac.  God knows you need a car.  So the Holy Spirit communicates to the Father exactly what you really do need.  So the Father provides you with a car that’s more in line with your finances 🙂  I know it’s simple but it conveys how the Holy Spirit intercedes for us to our Heavenly Father.

God’s love came to us with great mercy. We do not deserve His love but He gives it to us freely. As much as we are sinners, God loves us despite of this and offered His Son.  (Romans 5:8) Could you do that for someone you did not even know? More importantly, could you do that for someone you did not even like? Mercy is love in action and, therefore, if we have mercy on the unlovable, we keep ourselves in the center of God’s love.  (Matthew 25:40)

It is one thing to have compassion for someone, but when that compassion has feet attached to it, it becomes compassion that makes a difference. You can see someone who needs help and feel compassion. However, Jude says to have compassion which makes a difference in someone’s life – which means when you see someone in need of help, you are the one that helps.

As a result of working with these building blocks, the believer is concentrating on someone else. The weary believer now has his eyes on another and not on himself. What a wonderful balm to place on a weary heart!

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

~Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Most of us think that God refers to those “unlovable” people when we read this verse. We think that it is fulfilling the following: Matthew 25:34-40, Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (34) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (35) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. (36) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? (37) When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? (38 ) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (39) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (40)

But what about those “prickly” people who are closer to you than strangers? What about those hard to love church folks? What about those estranged family members? What about your own flesh and blood family who have wronged you? Do you think God excluded those from these verses? Are we placing restrictions on God’s word by omitting them from the mercy we should be showing? Is God’s love conditional? Is our love conditional?

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 )

If God’s love were conditional, we are definitely in big trouble, for we have all sinned. (Romans 3:23) Why should our love for those I’ve mentioned be any different? Does God not encourage us throughout the Scriptures to have the same agape love that He has for us? If God took to heart all the bad things we did or said, He would have every right to shun us! Remember the old adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Easier said than done, right? Broken bones heal but words sure do cut to the core of a person’s heart. Hurtful words are like squeezing a tube of toothpaste.  Once the paste is out, you cannot put it back in – neither can you take back the hurt from those words! How does the world react to hurtful words? I remember my old days – get even, that’s the only way. The Lord sure has done a work in my heart since then.

I once heard an old saying, “Everyone is chewing on something which is hard to swallow!” We are not the only ones going through difficult times.  There is a hardship in someone’s life at any given time.  Everyone has a ‘cross’ that they are bearing that no one knows about.

However, why is it that we struggle with this more when it is someone of our own household? These family members are the ones that need our testimony the most. Strangers don’t see us as we truly are. They don’t see us in the privacy of our owns home – behind closed doors. Our families see us for what we really are. All the more reason for us to show mercy and compassion to those who are lost or backslidden.

Have you been hurt deeply by a family member? Have you been hurt by a church member? I know I have. Loving those prickly and hard-to-love people is not something we can do in our own flesh. We just cannot “make” ourselves love them. But we can love them with God’s love. How? Love is a word of motion. Love takes action on our part. God showed us this action by leaving His throne and dying for our sins. That is the ultimate display of agape love. It was not a “sit back and see what happens” love but an action love – “I will go to them and see what I can do for them” kind of love.

If we want to get strong physically, we exercise and build up our muscles. If you want to be stronger in the agape love area, start working at it by doing something for those you find difficulty loving. Christ Jesus was our example, was He not? Then follow His example. Go out there and do something for those you struggle with. Forgive them in your heart and move on. The devil would love nothing better than for you to hold on to resentment and bitterness toward those who have hurt you. You no longer serve him so why obey him? Serve your Father in Heaven instead and put some action to your work.

Are you too afraid to speak to that person face-to-face? Why not send a card or an email? Start “doing” for them as you would a total stranger. Start from scratch and build your testimony once again. If you need to ask forgiveness, then do so. If they wronged you, forgive them and move forward. Let the healing power of the Holy Spirit heal you. This is not an option in a Christian’s life. We are commanded, my friend, to love as Christ has loved. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (Joh 15:12) Did Christ set limits to His love? Did He only die for certain people? No, He died for all sinners. Therefore, your love for others cannot have conditions. I know this is not an easy thing to hear. But as long as we neglect this great teaching and disobey this commandment, are we not out of the Father’s will?

Matt. 18:21-22, Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? (21) Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. (22) I know it’s difficult, but we’re commanded to forgive. What would you do if Christ did not forgive “some” of your own sins? Christ did not set limits, nor should we. This is agape love, my friend. Once you have forgiven this person in your heart, you are free from the chains of resentment that are binding you. Once you love this person the way Christ loves, you are no longer bound by bitterness and resentment. It no longer matters how you feel. What matters is to bring reconciliation.

The next step would be to face your offender. You would be amazed to find the reasoning behind their motives. It does not mean the offense is overlooked – it just means that you learn how to approach that person and discuss the offense with forgiveness already in your heart. That’s the difference. Listen with Christ’s heart rather than your own. Can you imagine how Christ felt? He died for you before you even asked forgiveness! Some never ask for forgiveness yet He died for them too.

As we grow in Christ, we should be viewing the unlovable and prickly people as opportunities to reconcile them to God. What would we have done if Christ had treated us the way we treat those who are unlovable? Are we any different than they? No, but we have the power through Christ to treat the unlovely as He would. What a testimony we can be! What a powerful message we can preach just in our actions alone! What about that brother or parent you’ve been witnessing to for years? Have you had fight after fight trying to point out their sin? Has it brought the two of you closer together or has it brought distance between you? Were you successful in showing them their lost condition? Probably not. Have they hurt you in return? There are some things that you just cannot control, and one of them is their reaction. But what you can control is your reaction. With forgiveness in your heart, you are free to love them the way Christ loves them. Put into practice this agape love and start loving them with action. Do things for them – send a card, make a phone call, bake a cake, make a meal when they are sick – but just do it!

Put Christ’s love in motion and love them unconditionally.

~Job 16:1-2 Then Job answered and said, 2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

Poor Job! He lost all of his children, his cattle – everything except a wife who told him to curse God and die, and friends who he considered to be miserable comforters. 🙁 What this dear man needed was someone with a kind word, not to be verbally kicked while he was down! It truly saddens me that usually the first ones to do this are those of the household of faith. 🙁

If the Christians who love to judge would take a “time out” of their self-righteous lives and study what God’s word has to say on the matter, it would be such a blessing to the dear brother or sister who really just needs simple encouragement! Our words have such an impact on other people’s lives. They don’t need encouragement when their lives are in order and things are going well! No! In fact, it is when they are at their lowest that those kind words can be most effective. Proverbs 18:21 says that our tongue has the power of death and life.

~Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Our mouths reflect what is in the heart (Matthew 12:34). If you are not right with God in your own heart, you cannot be of any earthly good to anyone else when it comes to encouragement and uplifting one who is down. In fact, when our hearts aren’t right with God, we say things that can be quite damaging to that person. We say things we don’t mean. We say things that do not uplift the person but tear him down.

You know, there are times when a person just needs to be encouraged – nothing more. There are times when encouragement can be followed by exhortation. Giving someone advice and counsel from God’s word is only as good as the condition of the counsellor’s heart! The scriptures say that we shouldn’t open our mouths to give counsel if we are not right with God (Matthew 7:3). I believe this is where Job’s friends went wrong. I noticed that they were silent for seven days before they spoke. I can just see it now – this gave them plenty of time to think on Job’s life rather than humble themselves before God and ask Him to guide their mouths.

I have a dear friend who has been battling chronic pain for 30 years. Oh how she was judged and continues to be judged by those who claim to be good friends, family and “the brethren.” Surely there must be sin in your life if you’re so sick, or She just doesn’t want to get better or help herself! 🙁 How quickly we are to judge others! It breaks my heart!

There doesn’t always have to be a reason for a Christian’s hardships. Job’s trials were not due to his sin or his lifestyle. He didn’t lose his children because he was a drunk and a horrible father. In the midst of his horrible trial, he needed a kind word. What would have been the outcome of Job’s account in scriptures if his friends had come to sit with him, hugged him, prayed with him and sat with him? A kind word goes such a long way. It is said that a person can live off a kind and encouraging word for a week! Wow!

Our loving Heavenly Father has shown us how to encourage the down trodden by sending His Son to redeem our sinful lives! No greater love is there than this. (John 15:13) That’s compassion! While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us! (Romans 5:8) He didn’t sit there and berate us before He died for us. He didn’t make it a point to kick us while we were down. Sadly, Baptists are known for this very deed 🙁 Why is that? Have they taken judging righteous fruit passed what God intended? I believe so. Remember Matthew 7:3!

Christ would never kick someone while they are at the bottom of their “pit” in life. It is while they are in their pit that His compassion comes shining through and He rescues them! Where is that compassion in Christians today? Christ makes a difference in people’s lives and our compassion should make a difference in people’s lives as well. When we have a brother or sister in Christ who is going through hard times, get yourself right with the Lord and then go make a difference in that person’s life.

~Jude 1:21-22 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Once you sit with that person for a while (without a judgmental spirit, I might add), the Holy Spirit will reveal to you what to say. Take time to listen – take time to cry with them – take time to hold them. If we all waited on the Holy Spirit before opening our mouths, we would surely make a difference in people’s lives.

If you are not going to be the one to exhort (give advice and counsel) this person, then be the one to encourage! Everyone needs a hug – everyone needs a kind word. No one deserves to be kicked like a dog while they are going through hardships. No one!

~1 Chronicles 16:11-12 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

On those difficult days where the trials of life seem never ending, turn your pain to the One whose compassion never ends.  (Lamentations 3:22) Our pains may be physical, spiritual, or they may be emotional. Either way, we are able to turn to the Father and pull from His strength. Relying on our own strength will not yield any good! (Job 9:4) Once we rely on the strength of the Lord, we can be certain that He will direct us. (Psalm 18:32)

Nothing separates us from God’s love!

~Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

God has a remedy to life’s discouragements. Seek Him (Deuteronomy 4:29), His strength (Psalm 105:4) and remember His marvelous works and wonders (Revelation 15:3). When combined with knowing that nothing separates us from His love, we encourage ourselves in Him! (Romans 8:39)

~Psalm 102:1-2 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. (1) Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. (2)

Praise the Lord that we are able to go to our Heavenly Father and cry to Him. He stands ready to reach out to us, forgive us if that’s what is needed, and comfort us.

~Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

We have a compassionate Heavenly Father who desires close fellowship with us. He did not just create us to leave us to our own devices. He created us so we could have a relationship with Him – He knows us intimately, like our own earthly parents.

~Psalm 103:13-17 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. (13) For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. (14) As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. (15) For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. (16) But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; (17)

There are times that there’s nothing we can do about our situation except turn it over to the Lord. No amount of worry – no amount of effort on our part will change what’s happening. However, our Father knows all the details and is able to bring us comfort – even if the situation doesn’t change. Our circumstances may not change but our heart does.

~Psalm 121 A Song of degrees. (1) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. (2) My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. (3) He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. (4) Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (5) The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. (6) The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. (7) The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. (8) The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

It may feel as though we are all alone in the midst of our trial, but you can rest assured that the same God of these verses today is there for you!

The door in today’s picture reminds me of the house in which I grew up. Anyone who did not know our family would have to imagine that the contents of the inside of the house and those who lived there would be similar to the outside’s appearance! But that was furthest from the truth. In fact, the inside was immaculately clean and well kept despite the age of the house. Having grown up dirt poor, I know the feeling of being judged by others because we lacked material things. Children were especially cruel in school. Where do they learn this? Granted, our sinful nature causes us to do many cruel and sinful things. However, children mimic what they see and hear!

It’s so important to teach our children not to think themselves better than others. They need to learn that those who are least liked by the majority are the ones whose friendship may end up being priceless! It’s “natural” for us to be selective in our choices but it’s not God’s way. The Father loves us all equal and is no respecter of person. (Acts 10:34) He does, however, respect those who humble themselves. This is one of life’s lessons that gets easier to understand as we get older.

~Psalm 138:6 Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

There are people in this world waiting to hear a kind word. A kind word is an indirect gentle touch that we can give and it doesn’t cost a penny. This is what needs to be developed in our children. What is in the heart will come out of their mouths. (Luke 6:45) Because we are all born with sin nature, the “natural” thing for a child to do is to be cruel. Toddlers grab toys out of another child’s hands and say, “mine”! They pull hair and fight because that is what comes naturally when they don’t get their way. Mom needs to teach sharing and kindness or these sinful traits escalate quickly!  In fact, I believe kindness and humility are two of the most beautiful qualities in a person. 🙂 Hand in hand, they love others without passing judgment on what is seen on the outside. Rather, they get to know the individual because what they “see” is not always what it “seems.” I grew up in an alcoholic family and we had little because of it. My father finally sobered up and spent years trying to repair the damage he had done. He repaired the house and the outside was finally beautiful 🙂 Those school mates who made fun of me didn’t know the circumstances at home. But had they been taught compassion, love and kindness, their thoughtless and cruel comments would not have been made.

There was a song not too long ago called, “People Need The Lord.” What a true statement that is. Each individual that we come into contact with has a story to tell. They won’t tell that story to a complete stranger, however. We need to be ready to be used of God to meet the needs of others. Our children must see this in action. We cannot meet the needs of others without kindness and compassion. Sadly, today there are so many who are self centered and have no interest in what’s needed. It’s important we teach this early on in our children so they can be meeting the needs of those in their future. (Proverbs 22:6) Teaching them love, compassion, and kindness set the ground work for loving the unlovely and sharing the blessed Gospel of Jesus Christ with them!

~Job 4:1-5 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking? 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. 4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. 5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

Ah, Job! The account of Job’s sufferings is one that every Christian has read with mixed emotions. Job loses all his children, his property and then he is stricken with boils. I can’t imagine losing my children! I’ve lost property before and one manages to move on. Boils hurt so badly that you can actually feel it pulsating with pain! It seems we can handle most things in life but once we are sick and in pain, it becomes harder to cope. Pain which plagues our bodies 24/7 must be all consuming, in my opinion. I have a friend who has fibromyalgia, along with other issues as a result of this disease. Not a minute goes by that she is not suffering 🙁

Poor Job! It wasn’t enough for him to lose his family and his possessions – he was afflicted in his body as well. After losing his children and possessions, his wife told him to curse God and die! What an encourager she was! On a side note, what kind of wife are we to our husbands during difficult times? It’s obvious she could not draw from her faith during these hard times. But her husband sure did! In all this, he told her that God gives and God takes away. Through all his heart wrenching experiences, Job didn’t sin. He drew on his faith in his Creator. Once the boils came and he was covered in them, it seems he got caught in the moment. He curses the day he was born. Before we get all self-righteous, stop to think for a moment on a day that you were in extreme pain – maybe a horrible migraine. Can you imagine having that kind of pain all of over your body – constantly? You’d wish you were ever born as well! You would be complaining and questioning God as well.

I live in a logging area. When trees are cut down in a row, those trees behind them are not accustomed to being exposed to the wind. They had always been protected by those trees which were just cut. When the winds blow, you’ll find some of those newly exposed trees fallen over because their roots were not as strong as those which were cut. It’s the same with our trials. Sometimes the winds of trials need to blow to test our roots. Will we hold up or will we fall?

So now Job’s friends step into the picture. ***Sigh*** Eliphaz immediately passes judgment on Job. He points out to Job that he was the one who instructed and strengthened the weak in their moments of need. But now that Job was stricken, he fainted! Later Eliphaz tells Job that the righteous are not stricken – only the wicked. So Job must have sinned to have suffered as he had! What a friend Eliphaz was! Here Job had pretty much lost everything and was in excruciating pain and his friend was kicking him while he was down 🙁

It seems the Eliphaz’s come out of the woodwork when we are sick! People are so quick to judge rather than to love and help. What kind of friend are we? How do we help others in their time of need? As mothers, we can teach our children the true meaning of friendship by our own actions. They mimic what they see and hear so they should see our love in action. Is a friend sick? Don’t make judgmental comments like Eliphaz did but strive to help by making a meal or speaking words of encouragement to them. This is what our children will see. This is what they will learn.

~Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

The testing of our own faith through trials make us stronger so we can help others. Can you imagine how Job would have been encouraged if Eliphaz had words of comfort and love instead of judgment?

~I Thessalonians 2:7-8 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

Paul sure did have that compassion, love and comfort that Job desperately needed from his friends. The compassion of a mother who cherishes her children was what Job could have used that day! What kind of friend are we? What are we teaching our children? Do we teach them to have an attitude of Eliphaz or to be compassionate and loving? I wonder how Job’s account would have gone had Eliphaz treated Job the way Paul speaks of in I Thessalonians?

Love with compassion – what a beautiful depiction of the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 says it all!

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for this beautiful masterpiece!

 

I remember growing up, my precious mother would do good deeds for friends, neighbors and relatives. She really put into practice her religion! However, her true motives were revealed when she would say, “Well, I did my ‘good deed’ for the day.” 🙁 Everything she had just done for the sake of religion was worthless because she did not do it “all in the name of the Lord Jesus”! If she had, she would not have had the need to pat herself on the back by telling someone of her kind deed.

~Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

God created us women with a compassionate heart :-). We have an ‘eye’ for spotting someone or some thing in need. Because of that compassion, we can be a blessing in so many ways. Seeking out those in need is a great way for a new Christian to be of service to the Master. Not everyone can sew, bake, etc. But every lady can spot a need if she is looking around her. Who knows when God will use you to make a difference in someone’s life. What a precious opportunity to be of help to someone who doesn’t know Him! Showing compassion to the lost as Christ saw them. I think of:

~Jude 1:21-22 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

What a wonderful way for women to use their tender side – making themselves available to be used of God! However, the devil can take a good thing and use it for bad. This is where our husband (for our married ladies) or pastor (for our single ladies) can discern whether the individual we want to help should be helped. A good example: my husband use to be a police officer. Daily he would send away the street beggars from the intersections because they would impede traffic. These same beggars did their grocery shopping at 7-11, stayed at the Best Western, smoked cigarettes and drank. Another good example was taken from our Pastor. He received calls from people in search of help. This is a good thing – however, these same people repeatedly called every church in the city to help pay their bills on a monthly basis. What’s wrong with that? Pastor would offer them odd jobs around the church but they would say no. He would ask them to come to church and he could share with them “food” to feed their eternal soul, but they would still say no.

I’m sure you understand the necessity of sharing with your husbands those we feel God has laid on your heart. If your husband gives you the go ahead, go for it 🙂 If you’re especially good at baking, make a bunch of those little banana breads and wrap them in aluminum foil and tape a tract to it. Then the next time you go out shopping and see someone begging, hand them one of your breads. If they are truly a soul in need, the Lord will use it the bread for their physical body and His bread for their soul 🙂

I have a friend who is a nurse working with hospice patients. She is a shining example of the compassion Jude speaks of in verse 22. These precious souls need Christ and His salvation – their time to step into eternity is near, even at the door! She is able to bring them the hope they so desperately need as she sits by their bedside and reads the precious word of God; and revealing to them the Blessed Saviour.

But we all can’t be nurses – I get queazy at the sight of blood 🙂 But I can cook, bake, clean, write notes, make calls, deliver meals, etc. Maybe there’s someone in Church that is sick and could use a kind word. Can you say for sure that they are truly born again? What is your special gift, dear lady? Even the woman who has a house full of children and is homeschooling can be a blessing to someone. It takes a moment to make a phone call and share a Bible verse with someone who is bed ridden. It takes five minutes to write a note to someone who is hurting. There are service men and women who are lonely and who don’t get letters from home. Who is to say whether they are saved or not?

We can’t always go out door knocking but most women can spot a heart in need like an eagle spots a fish 🙂 Go at it! Use your God-given compassionate heart and make a difference to those around you! Do it all in the name of Jesus (Col. 3:17) and hide it away in your heart. No one needs to know but you and the person you have blessed – but the Lord knows. 🙂

~Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Who has God laid on your heart today? It’s actually an exciting way to start our day – in search of a soul to bless!! 🙂