When John the Baptist was beheaded, Jesus was sad and wanted to go away with his disciples to a quiet a place for rest. However, the multitudes followed them. The Word says that Jesus was moved with compassion for them.
When we are hurt, grieving, disappointed, sad, or in pain, our natural reaction is usually to retreat for a little quiet time or rest. The truth is; however, that there is not a time when we can feel more compassion for others who are hurting.
Sometimes we don’t understand the pain or hurt in our lives, but God does. He has a plan for our lives. He has a plan for others around us. Although none of us want to be in pain, if that pain is what gives us compassion, then it can be used for good.
We can use our pain to feel for the pain others carry. We can then minister to them, as God’s hands and feet. We can lift their needs, that we understand, up to the One who heals, comforts, and delivers.
Let’s let Him use our pain for something good! Watching someone else’s pain subside sure helps ease mine just a bit.
Pr. 1:31: “Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies.”
I have eaten the ‘fruit of my own way’ more times than I care to admit. I must say, that while it may have tasted sweet for a moment, it turned quickly bitter, and left an aftertaste not to be desired.
We’ve all done it. We have wanted to be full of our own fancies, and have our own way. Perhaps we have even tried to push the voice of wisdom to the back and keep trodding through the mud and muck of sin to have just a bit more. Sad, but true, huh?
The beautiful thing about the fruit of the Spirit is that it doesn’t require such a struggle. When we choose to live for God, and walk in the Spirit, we take the path without the mud. In fact, we can soar above it, on wings like eagles. There is no conscience to step over. There is certainly no bitter taste. And the aftertaste? Heavenly.
I can’t help but think of the lyrics of Blessed Assurance that say, “Oh what a foretaste of glory devine.” The fruit of God’s way not only nourishes and fills us here and now; its nutritional benefits are eternal and more wonderful than we can even begin to imagine. Thank You, Lord, for Your fruit!