Devotion

The Blessing of Compassion

by Greg Laurie on May 15, 2020
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
—Romans 12:4–5
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I can think of times when I’ve walked into a hospital room and haven’t had the words to say, or I haven’t known what to do. But my wife has simply walked up and said just what they needed at that moment.

The Bible tells us there is a spiritual gift of showing kindness and mercy. Romans 12:8 says, “And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”

Some people have an extraordinary, supernatural ability from God to show mercy, compassion and kindness to those who are in need.

When you’re in a hospital bed you don’t necessarily need a Bible expositor. You don’t necessarily need an evangelist unless you’re not a Christian. Then it would come in helpful of course.

When you’re hurting, you need someone who has the gift of mercy, compassion, and showing kindness. When you’re in pain, you don’t always want a sermon. In fact, sometimes the last thing you want at the time is a sermon.

Someone who understands how to show compassion and empathy can make a huge difference. You might have that gift. It’s an awesome spiritual gift, by the way. So, develop it, cultivate it, and use it.

The Bible says, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other” (Romans 12:4–5 NLT).

Some people are outgoing, while others are more reserved. Some people have what we call “the gift of gab,” but others don’t have a lot to say. Some people see the big picture, and others see the details.

God has created us all differently, but we all have something to contribute with the spiritual gifts He has given us.

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