#struggles: Compassion

#STRUGGLES - COMPASSION

Michigan University study reveals WE CARE 40% LESS THAN PEOPLE DID IN THE 1980s. 

HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY CAUSE US TO CARE LESS?

  1. We’re more obsessed with ourselves.
  2. Overwhelming exposure to suffering desensitizes us.
  3. Lack of personal interaction makes it easier not to care. 

COMPASSION COUNTS

TRUE COMPASSION DEMANDS ACTION.

Splagchnizomai (splangkh-nid'-zom-ahee): to have the bowels yearn, feel deep sympathy, to be moved to action. 

TO SAY YOU CARE BUT NOT ACT IS TO NOT CARE AT ALL. 

A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. "If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean," he said. 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. "I am willing," he said. "Be healed!" Mark 1:40-41 NLT   
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Matthew 14:14    
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. Matthew 20:34

COMPASSION

// INTERRUPTS.

Meanwhile, one of Nabal’s servants went to Abigail and told her, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, but he screamed insults at them. These men have been very good to us, and we never suffered any harm from them. Nothing was stolen from us the whole time they were with us. In fact, day and night they were like a wall of protection to us and the sheep. You need to know this and figure out what to do, for there is going to be trouble for our master and his whole family. He’s so ill-tempered that no one can even talk to him!” - 1 Samuel 25:14-17

// COSTS.

Abigail wasted no time. She quickly gathered 200 loaves of bread, two wineskins full of wine, five sheep that had been slaughtered, nearly a bushel of roasted grain, 100 clusters of raisins, and 200 fig cakes. She packed them on donkeys and said to her servants, “Go on ahead. I will follow you shortly.” But she didn’t tell her husband Nabal what she was doing.
- 1 Samuel 25:18-19

// CHANGES LIVES.

When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed low before him. She fell at his feet and said, “I accept all blame in this matter, my lord. Please listen to what I have to say. I know Nabal is a wicked and ill-tempered man; please don’t pay any attention to him. He is a fool, just as his name suggests. But I never even saw the young men you sent. “Now, my lord, as surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, since the Lord has kept you from murdering and taking vengeance into your own hands, let all your enemies and those who try to harm you be as cursed as Nabal is. And here is a present that I, your servant, have brought to you and your young men. Please forgive me if I have offended you in any way. The Lord will surely reward you with a lasting dynasty, for you are fighting the Lord’s battles. And you have not done wrong throughout your entire life.
- 1 Samuel 25:23-28

David replied to Abigail, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murder and from carrying out vengeance with my own hands. For I swear by the Lord, the God of Israel, who has kept me from hurting you, that if you had not hurried out to meet me, not one of Nabal’s men would still be alive tomorrow morning.” Then David accepted her present and told her, “Return home in peace. I have heard what you said. We will not kill your husband.” - 1 Samuel 25:32-35

TALK IT OVER

  • In your own life or in the life of others, how have you noticed that people don't care as much?
  • How has serving and caring for others impacted your life?
  • How and where is God calling you to care?