Christ-Like Compassion

Philippians 2:1-4 (NASB): Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

What makes you look different to the unbelieving world, if you are a follower of Christ? Do you give freely of your time and material possessions to those in need? Can you look at your fellow man and see him or her as a creation of God? Are you more humble than proud? Do you regard others “as more important than yourselves?” Do you only look out for yourself and your family and never take into account the needs of others? Those who have not accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior are looking to us and how we live out our lives for the answers to these questions. Will your life be a witness to those who do not believe in order that they might be led closer to accepting Christ into their own lives? How we conduct ourselves as Christians can impact the lives of those around us.

Many people go through life and only think of themselves. They give very little thought to the people they come into contact with. Sadly, many people today only care about themselves and how much wealth and recognition they can attain. The Apostle Paul warns of such a time when the world is focused on itself: But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1-4 NASB).

What kind of a believer will you be this week in your daily walk with God? If you are a follower of Christ, make every effort to be kind and considerate of others you come into contact with. Ask God to put someone in your path that is in need of some love and kindness. This week, try to look at others as more important than yourself and try to help them instead of being judgmental. The unbelieving world is watching how we will react to those in need of the love and salvation that only Christ can offer. Will you ask God to help you look at your fellow human beings this week and view their lives as more important than your own?

 

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