Our Model for Compassion

be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8d

It’s difficult to be compassionate without being humble. The opposite is also true. Think about the author of this verse, Peter. At one time he was an arrogant man. He was willing to go to death for his Lord, or so he said. He even denied it when Jesus told him he’d disown him. When the Creator of the Universe tells you specifically tells you that you’ll do something three times, it’s in your best interest to believe him.

When the rubber met the road and people were questioning Peter’s association with Jesus, he fled for his life. Given the same moment and circumstances, we’d do the same. Of course we all know that Peter repented and wept bitterly at his sin and betrayal. Even though he knew Peter was forgiven, I’m certain he never forgot the moment. We won’t forget it either since it’s recorded in Scripture.

We certainly can learn from Peter’s mistakes. Being humble doesn’t come easy to us. Self and our selfishness gets in the way of true humility. When you come alongside people, displaying a condescending attitude will destroy any sense of compassion you’re trying to portray. Once again, our model is the Lord Jesus Himself, “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8

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