“Less judgment, more compassion.” I heard this on a commercial the other day. When we think of “judgment”, we think of negative energy, condemnation, bringing down a mallet with an order. When we think of “compassion”, we think of quietness in our heart, a desire to take away pain and anguish from a person who is suffering.
But what does the Bible say about compassion?
“Sing for joy, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion upon His afflicted.”—Isaiah 49:13
In this verse, we see compassion is not quiet.
Compassion has a sound; it releases power and brings freedom to the captive. Daily we can hear the sound and see the power, but rarely comprehend the progression and importance.
Though we know as the days progress, darkness will increase because of the evil one. We also know that the Lord will pour out His compassion upon those who cry out to Him and will deliver them into light. This year, because of the pandemic, we see many people suffering and dying, riots, and demonstrations. Yet, we can also hear the cries of many turn to singing. Yes, compassion has a sound! The power of this compassion turns wails of anguish into the delight of joyful singing, it pulverizes the anguish.
The scripture says in Isaiah 54:1-8 that we will hear and see His mercy and compassion. He will heal their land and people, but it also reverses issues of injustice that have plagued them. This scripture goes on to say, “Fear not, for you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded nor depressed, for you shall not be put to shame” (v4).
Today, you can change the world around you by being an influencer. You can change the world one heart at a time. I had an opportunity to take care of my husband. He passed away peacefully hearing the sound of compassion and it changed not only him, but my family.
PRAYER: God help us to be men and women of compassion, to reach out and touch a hurting world.
REFLECTION: How are you going to be an influencer?
Blog Contributor: Rita Bingaman