Compassion is one of those things that when we are on the receiving end of it’s great, when people have a genuine concern for us. But the opposite of that is true, it can be great to be compassionate. And yet compassion often is costly. Compassion is having a genuine concern for someone, it’s seeing the plight and suffering of others and being moved into action. The etymology of the word compassion is a suffering with another/ to share the affliction with another.
Let’s be willing to approach all our relationships in this humility, with the knowledge that we are strong and weak, that we are right and wrong, that we can shine with wisdom and kindness in one moment, and then darken the doors of stupidity and spite the next. We have the joy and privilege of building people up, and the ever-present risk of blowing people up. Here are three truths I’ve discovered.
That sensation of ‘free-falling’ seems to last forever – even if it’s just a few excruciating seconds. But then, something brilliant thankfully happens. Before you crash to the ground, the bungy kicks in and now you’re no longer falling, now your flying! It’s a very different feeling – and it’s very cool. From falling to flying. It reminds me of these words in Isaiah 40:31
Where might God be nudging you to stick your neck out, knowing He is always with you? Could you consider hosting a Church at Home? Or join the Youth Team? Maybe it’s to shine a bit brighter in your workplace. To share a little of your faith.
It’s incredible to think that God actually wants to speak to us – to YOU! Both for you and for others but understandably, we can often resist taking the risk. Why? What if we heard it wrong? What if it’s not God and just our own thoughts?
Knowing Jesus, and becoming like Him, doesn’t happen by chance. There are intentional practices we can build into our lives – things that we see modelled by Jesus – to help this transformation become real.
You’ll never find the words ‘And Jesus ran…” in the Bible. Jesus walks with us. Sometimes He talks. Sometimes He listens. Sometimes He enjoys being with us with no words spoken – like hanging out with the best of friends that you don’t need to perform for.
David Gentille shares on “The Price of More”: the Word, prayer and fasting, and dying to self.
Exploring the different interactions between God and Science; through science, we glimpse God, that science needs God’s guidance and that the focus of the two are quite different but complementary.
Someone once said ‘You can tell a lot about priorities from their chequebooks’. What does your cheque book (or bank statement) reveal about your priorities? If God is first in our lives then our first priority should be to give back to God. So what is this second principal of financial freedom around firstfruits and tithing? Is it really still applicable today and if so, where do we start?