Walking To The Cross – Walking With Compassion

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also.” Luke 6:27-29
Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness is one you’ve heard numerous times, but the world still needs to hear it at least once more. Everywhere you look, there is hate and retribution. Even if we look at society, one of the biggest movie blockbusters this summer is Avengers: Endgame. For us, Jesus was the ultimate Avenger. This Avenger didn’t fight with His fists, but instead fought with love. He tells us to do likewise.
We live in a world where we’re often informed of injustices performed by others. Even just last week, there was a shooting in New Zealand. We yearn for God’s justice to reign, but until then we are called to love and forgive. It’s not easy, but it is possible.
In October 2006, there was a school shooting where 10 girls were killed, some of them belonging to the Amish community. They knew the shooter as the guy who delivered milk. Yet still, the Amish forgave the shooter and his family. They even attended the shooter’s funeral to support the widow and her three children. This is such an amazing act of compassion that still speaks volumes today.
God calls us to love our enemies and turn the other cheek. Who are the people in your life you need to forgive? How have they wronged you and how can you turn the other cheek by showing compassion? God calls us to love and forgive everyone. No exceptions.
Questions to consider:
Have you ever known anyone you’d consider to be an enemy? If not, then who are the people in your life you need to forgive?
How have you shown compassion to those who have done you wrong?
Where might God be calling you to bring compassion in a situation?
Mark Schlasner