Part 4 – ARE YOU COMPASSIONATE ? | 1 Pet 3:8 | The Lord Of The Harvest – Lesson 16 | David ADENIJI
When you hear people say, “Hey, you don’t have to please everyone, in fact live your life, be yourself, you can’t please everyone”. Please check who’s speaking and be sure you don’t follow people’s heart sentiments sheepishly. Most people who make such statements neglect Hebrew 12:14 which urges you to follow peace with ALL men. Romans 12:18 tells you to try all possible means to be at peace with ALL men.
Compassion makes that possible. Empathy! Ability to understand and share the feelings of others. I came to a point in my life where I had to take people’s feelings seriously. It’s a watchword and prayer – “I won’t offend anyone”. Of course you can’t please everyone. But that consciousness makes you compassionately and sometimes sacrificially pursue all means of peace before giving up.
We delve deeper into the subject of compassion. We got here because Jesus Christ had compassion on the people in Matt 9:36-39 and that was how he could heal all their diseases. And this led him to instruct that we pray for the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his vineyard to reap these souls. It all began with compassion. So compassion is a big topic in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Well. It’s a big issue for us today too.
As I continued my study of this topic, I found a scripture that took me deeper. It’s worth sharing. In 1 Pet 3:8, Bible says “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous”. What is instructive in that scripture are the three words that support the word compassion. I found out that those words were used just once in the whole Bible and they’re found in 1 Pet 3:8 only. And these words describe compassion with more detailed meaning.
First, Compassion here means regarding one another. Modeling other people’s feelings before you act. Imagining what they would feel, and adjusting your own reaction accordingly.
Second – Pitiful – To he pitiful is to be he tenderhearted and Lastly – Be courteous. To he courteous here means being Friendly-minded, not argumentative or always objecting The Greek words interpreted here were all mentioned just once in the Bible. These three words describe Compassion. SO brethren, ARE YOU COMPASSIONATE?
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