Compassion, Evangelism

You Can’t Save Them All

Last week my husband and I were headed out to lunch when we saw this man push a woman out of the car and onto the ground. The man sped off as she laid there crying and rubbing the bruises on her leg. We immediately pulled over, along with about 8 other members of our community, and I hopped out to help her. She was crying and almost hyperventilating, in shock at what just transpired. I myself was shocked, but I kept saying to myself, “keep it together, she’s helpless.” A few passers by called the police or chatted with my husband on the side of the road. I remember the mood at that moment. It was solemn and hopeless. It was almost empty, yet I could hear God directing me. He encouraged me to speak into her life, but more so to help the time pass, not to witness. I knelt down to her and starting speaking gently to her, allowing her to vent about the situation. I told her how she was a valuable person, just by all of the people who have literally jumped the curb or slowed down with worried looks on their faces to see if she were ok, and it was proof how valuable she is. I kept speaking kind words to her, careful not to thump the Bible; it just wasn’t the right time. She didn’t need scripture; she needed a common everyday phrase to help her up. Later the police arrived and my husband and I left. After lunch, about two hours later, we were at the gas station getting gas and what did we see? We saw the man walking in front of her carrying trash bags and her behind him as if a punished child, carrying other bags. She made eye contact with me, I smiled gently and nodded a hello and looked away.

You can’t save everybody. Some people are just not at the point to submit or will never decide to take that journey of a relationship with Christ. Situations like this can easily prompt you to be discouraged or to not speak the love of God to a stranger or friend in need again. But we have to remember, Jesus said, “If I be lifted up from the earth, I’ll draw all men to me.” (John 12:32 KJV) He didn’t ask us to save them, but to lift HIM up. He’ll do the drawing.

Don’t get discouraged if you do not see the harvest from the seeds you plant in people. In some cases our job is to only share God’s love, expecting nothing in return.

Dear Daddy,

There are so many times when you present the moment in which I have the honor to do a deed in Your name, yet I do not see the grateful receipt of the one I helped. Help me to remember that my job is to lift You up, tell people about You, and love them with Your love. Lord, I ask that when I read Your Word, that You continue to give me the wisdom of what to say and the right discernment and timing in which to share Your love. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to share God’s love anyway, without the intent of them coming to Christ in your presence or timing.

Share an experience where you planted a seed or demonstrated God’s love to someone in need.

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.

 

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Compassion, Pride

It’s Not Just About You

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ [a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-37 NIV)

Last Wednesday morning was another routine morning. I was walking my sister to school; we had left this morning on time and I thought I could possibly make the 7:40 a.m. bus to the city for once. While in route to her school, I saw the bus and realized I wasn’t going to make it to the bus stop in time to catch the bus. However, I wasn’t upset because at least I would still be on time and I could stand in the hallway of the village hall/police station until the next bus came.

As I was walking up to the building to wait for the next bus, a man, who looked as if he had been drinking, was approaching me and proceeded to follow me into the building. As I walked into the building, I prayed in the Spirit because I felt uncomfortable. There were no people in the immediate area except two women who seemed to be opening up the room used for meetings or small court issues. The man went and stood across from the room in the center of the entrance leading to the police station.

I turned to face the window, pulled a banana out my bag and began to eat it. I heard the man talking with someone and his conversation caught my attention. I turned to see who he was talking to and I could see the leg of a female dressed in a stocking. I hadn’t noticed anyone there standing behind the corner near the entrance. She moved forward and I could see that she was wearing a butt-length dark multicolor dress and a thin cardigan. I admit when I saw her and heard the conversation that she and the stranger were having, I assumed she was a minor who had run away or got kicked out. I kept listening to the conversation and felt the urge to intervene.

She had informed the man that her sister took her truck and left her stranded. I went over to them and asked her if she was ok and could I give her my vest I wear under my winter coat because it was cold outside. She declined but I learned that she had been out with her sister and some other ladies that night, and when she came back outside they were gone. Her sister never did this type of thing before and that she actually had some pants and her coat in her vehicle. A police officer saw her and brought her to the station to keep warm. Her mom would have picked her up but her mom could not be contacted. I asked the young lady her name and she told me, but I will call her Jane. Jane expressed how upset she was. I offered her my vest a second time but she declined. She also said she had called a cab but they said it would take three hours. I informed her there was a bus going to the city coming shortly. She didn’t know that there was a bus and that she could take that. I offered her bus fare but she declined; she said she had money. In the midst of our conversation, I had asked her if she needed prayer but she declined that too.

Then I remembered God’s word to me Sunday that I need to learn to first go in His authority in order to go in faith! This was a clear example of what that meant. So I told her I wanted to pray for her and I extended my hand out and she took it. I prayed for her, her well-being, salvation, etc., and I thanked God for blessing me, her and the man with another day and purpose. The man who was standing there the entire time went on to compliment my prayer and then declared that although his outside appearance wasn’t altogether, he loved God. He said that Jesus got up on the cross for us and didn’t even have to.

The bus was coming so the young lady, who is actually 25, went out to the bus stop with me and I sat with her on the bus. I told her to pray for her sister. I told her to pray every time she is about to leave the house too because we may not know what is to come but God does and He will give us direction and protection. I offered her the baby blanket I kept in my bag for me or my nephew when riding public transportation during this winter. She declined. I offered her fruit I had left in my bag and she accepted. She then laughed and said, “You have everything.” I felt like she was one of my sisters (mind you, one of my sisters is 24). I felt compassion towards her and understood had I caught that 7:40 a.m. bus, I wouldn’t have met the young lady and the man.

As I reflected on this, something that the former librarian at the school I work at once told me out of the blue. I mean she did not know me well and I didn’t know where she was coming from but I received it anyhow. She said, “Everything is not about you.”

Sometimes God changes your course, sends you in a different direction, gives you a task you don’t like or think you can’t handle, puts people along your path, blesses you, etc. to strengthen and build your character and to show you He loves you and sometimes to BLESS OTHERS AND SHOW OTHERS HE LOVES THEM THROUGH YOU.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for opportunities where I can show others Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to go in faith and go in authority to show compassion and God’s unfailing love to others. Don’t be so busy with yourself and your routine that you can’t stop and follow God’s prompting toward showing compassion to someone else like the Samaritan. It is not just about you but it’s about your neighbor.

Have you shown someone God’s love today?

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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Compassion, God's Love

He Cares For Me

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Hebrews 4:15 NKJV

Like any other human beings, I just want to know that someone cares.  When I am having a rough time in life, I need to know that there is another person that sympathizes with me, even if they are not capable of fixing the problem.   I often turn to my girlfriends in hopes that they can understand my pain enough to feel what I am going through.   As bad as I desire that connection, I am usually left disappointed because they just don’t get it.  Not because they don’t want to understand, but simply because they just haven’t experienced what I am going through at the time.   Because it is sometimes hard to find someone with genuine empathy, we often find it hard to believe that we serve a God that understands and feels what we go through, but He truly does.  Maybe it’s hard to fathom the Sovereign King of the universe feeling the sorrow or pain or frustration of little bitty us, but His word confirms it as truth.

On several occasions Jesus exemplified His compassion to His people.  One specific instance is revealed when Jesus is interacting with two sisters, Mary and Martha, who are mourning the death of their brother.   In what is often referred to as the shortest verse in the Bible, John 11:35 tells us that after hearing the news about his friend Lazarus’ death, Jesus cried.  Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.  And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.  (John 11:33-35 NKJV) Seeing His daughter Mary weep deeply troubled and moved Him.  He was so moved by her tears that it prompted Him to weep as well.  How amazing it is to know that Jesus is that concerned with what’s going on in our lives that He feels what we feel! He provides the ultimate example for offering genuine sympathy.

When considering the term ‘sympathy’, the word ‘compassion’ usually follows closely behind.   According to Merriam-Webster, compassion is a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.  Based on this definition, Jesus was sharing the ultimate compassion with everyone He encountered.  Remember the widow whose son had died? She was preparing to lay her son to rest when she met Jesus.  As the boy was being carried to the city gate, the Lord simply saw her and had compassion on her.

And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow.  And a large crowd from the city was with her.   When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” (Luke 7:12-13)

He only had to look at her to know that she was going through a difficult time in her life.  And once He saw the need He wanted to help her, which is what compassion is all about.

word-of-god-hug2The next time you are going through and you search your family tree and friend circles for someone to stand beside you and just understand what you are going through, look instead to your Master.   Just as the header scripture suggests, Jesus was a deity wrapped in human form to walk the earth and get a physical taste of all that we have to endure.   Not only does He show up to shower you with His compassion, He also rectifies the issues.   On both occasions, Jesus commanded the dead to get up and walk again.   Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak.  And He presented him to his mother. (Luke 7:14-15 NKJV) This is revelation for you as you weather your storm: He cares about you and He is about to resurrect some seemingly dead things in your life!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You so much for caring for me! When it seems like I don’t have a friend or a shoulder to lean on, You remind me that You truly care for me and are closer than any brother could ever be.  I ask that You strengthen me to share the same compassion with others that You share with me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to remember that God truly cares about you! Not just in a casual way, but in such a way that He feels your pain and desires to assist you in your troubles.  His compassion towards you is what motivates Him to remove the sting of death from your situation and bring it back to life.  I EMPOWER you to embrace your resurrection situation!

In what area of your life has God extended His warm compassion to you?

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur and a dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.