Can I PLEASE Get Just a Touch of Compassion??
Ephesians 3:12 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts…” (ESV)
Have you been or seen “That Mom?”
You know, the Mom in public with a war zone on wheels? The one begging (like I was that fateful day) “Can I please just get a little compassion over here? Just a “touch?” …not even a lot?”
Shrieks of arguing and complaining boomed from my cart as I trudged through Walmart trying to check off my seven item shopping list.
All I wanted to do was quickly grab them and go.
Instead, I was in the throws of battle. The sounds of my three sweet blessings from God blasted in the ears of fellow shoppers.
Every second held a land mine of conflict. Suddenly, little brother reaches over and grabs a fist full of big sister’s hair—again—unleashing the Gatling gun of whining.
I just wanted to take cover as people shot dirty looks my way that screamed “Lady, get your kids under control!”
But the medic was on the scene in the distance…
There was one pair of smiling, sympathetic eyes that looked my way. All at once, my wounds were bound up with one single “knowing” look that whispered, “I’ve been there. You will make it through.”
The touch of compassion I needed so much came at just the right time.
Two Sides of Grace
As I think of that time in the grocery store…all the ugliness hurdled my way…it reminds me that I am not immune to doing the same thing to someone else. And I wish we humans were more empathetic to the condition we ALL suffer from A.K.A humanity, but alas; I cannot say that is a reality.
Grace and compassion don’t come freely or naturally to us.
Instead, we are often met with the wicked counterpart of grace—
The cruel, unrelenting critic never offers a kind word—especially when there is one in need. No. Instead, this person tells us in no uncertain terms how and why we failed.
The cruel person offers comments that start with words like, “You should’ve…” or “Why didn’t you?”
Aren’t we glad that Jesus doesn’t say that to us? I am—so glad. Instead of cruelty or even just condemnation, He gave us the greatest “touch of compassion” ever known to man.
And if we are recipients of such great love and compassion, where can cruelty possibly abide?
Bind Don’t Break
Cruelty will ALWAYS break hearts—even if it is a little dirty look at the grocery store, or fussing at the waitress because she messed up the order, or… (fill in your “pet peeve” here)
But if we are in Christ, this shouldn’t be who we are.
Check out this passage:
Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Christ followers have been given the ministry of reconciliation. We as “chosen ones of God” are to emulate Christ’s character to those around us. WE are the image of Christ here on earth.
God in Christ forgave so great a debt that could never have been paid at our own expense. We are lowly recipients of a gracious and loving touch of compassion from our Heavenly Father.
He bound up our hearts when we were broken by sin. And He calls us to be heart binders, too. But if we are the ones doing the breaking, there is no room for binding.
Everybody needs a touch now and then. It could mean lending a helping hand, sharing a hug, or offering words of encouragement. We need to be mindful that we are called to be ministers of that touch of compassion in this cruel, cruel world.
Jesus gave a similar message to the twelve disciples:
“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give”. (Matthew 5:7-8, ESV)
So as we freely received the ultimate touch from our Heavenly Father—He healed us when we were sick, dirty and dead with sin—we should freely give the same touch to those in need. (Even Mommies with cart loads of crazy kids at the store…)
Let’s be known as a people who share a touch of compassion with a lost and dying world.
Heart binder… I love this description 🙂 It encases everything we’re supposed to be, and everything He is for us. Wow. Gotta let my soul rest in this for a bit today… and see who I can show this kind of love to today!
Thanks for stopping over Christine! Glad this was an encouragement! 🙂
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Hey Christy – popped in from #livefreethursday. I have been there too – and am now in the position to be the one who gives that extra needed look and touch of compassion. Thank you for this reminder to be ever watchful for those opportunities. Blessings! Denise
Hi Denise! Thanks for stopping in-glad to connect! 🙂
“Grace” – finally learning to receive it (in my “daily regimens!”) and have those certain situations where I struggle to give it. It helps so much when I remember that extending my grace helps others to better accept the grace of Jesus.
Yes, it ALWAYS helps me to reflect on the grace I freely received to remind me to freely give! God is so good to us! 🙂
Just a touch of compassion – love this post for #livefree. Boy do I remember those days when my teens were little. Your post reminds me that I need to take notice and find little ways to touch those mommas in need. Have a great day, Kim Stewart
Thanks for your encouragement and for stopping by! 🙂
What a great reminder to love that overwhelmed mama caught in such a hard place. ❤
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Thanks for stopping in, Suzie! 🙂
Christy, this is so timely. In fact it’s a message that is always needed. So sorry you went through that hard time while shopping. Any of us who are mothers would know just what you were going through. I was glad that my husband was willing to do the grocery shopping quite a bit so I didn’t have to take all the kids. 🙂 May God give us all hearts of compassion to not only strangers but to those in our very own house. Thanks for this great reminder.
I’m glad this was helpful Gayl! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
“Cruelty will ALWAYS break hearts—even if it is a little dirty look at the grocery store, or fussing at the waitress because she messed up the order, or… (fill in your “pet peeve” here) But if we are in Christ, this shouldn’t be who we are.” Yes and amen. Sometimes I just remind myself to “just be sweet Carmen”. What an adventure in Walmart! ❤
Yeah Carmen, ADVENTURE is a word for it! lol;) Thanks for stopping in!
So true, Christy. I’ve been on both ends of the child screaming/fighting situation. Now I try to give encouragement to young mothers I see in similar situations. Sometimes it’s well received, other times not. I agree that as Christians we need to be more forgiving and encouraging to those who wrong us. Very good post and reminder of this.
Oh yes, I remember those kids-in-the-shopping-cart days. And kids on airplanes. And in restaurants. This is a great illustration. Let’s be people who extend GRACE.
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Airplanes…(Runs screaming…) lol! 😉