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Heart of Compassion

Anchor Devotional - 08.03.18


“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Colossians 3:12

I’ve enjoyed chaplain work for law enforcement personnel for decades. On one occasion, I was riding along with a highway patrol officer who was a long-time Christian. He pulled over a driver for an infraction and ended up talking at length with this individual, a man whose life was filled with anxiety. My officer friend had the option to write him up or to give him a warning and send him on his way. As I listened to the conversation, it was obvious that God was speaking through the compassionate spirit of this officer.

Compassion is a great Bible word. It’s the tenderheartedness that the Lord cultivates in our lives, and it’s a Jesus quality. Paul tells us to dress up or “clothe yourselves” with several Christ-like qualities, compassion being one of them.

My friend showed compassion that day. Within a few weeks, a letter was sent from this weary traveler to the officer’s Captain commending the officer for his kindness. A difference had been made in a life. Let the Lord cultivate a heart of compassion in you, too.

Scripture Focus

Colossians 3:12-17

Insight

God calls us to be significant in the lives of others rather than just successful.

Read the Bible

  • Nehemiah 5-6
  • Psalm 33
  • Mark 12