By Paulette Dickerson
Colossians 3:12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Maybe it is just me…. (First born, get it done, don’t ask for help – kind of girl.) But I confess I do not feel like I meet the standard of compassion that is required.
For example: My personal super-duper basic checklist of compassion.
Yep – Compassion for the lost.
Yep – Compassion for the orphan.
Yep – Compassion for victim.
Nope – Compassion for the one who knows better but keeps making the same destructive decisions.
Nope – Compassion for the believer who seems to choose the cage of fear instead of freedom and authority.
But oh my! What a relief it is to know that He knows my weaknesses! He knows the desires of my heart! He knows that my constant longing is for my heart to be soft and pliable. That my heart would and will look more and more like His each day and less and less like the polished granite that my flesh finds easy and appealing.
And here is the thing…. My heart wins! Because He never leaves us in our pit!! He never leaves us in the place we long to grow out of. Never! His heart is ALWAYS for us! And in this case, my desire to find the compassion He feels for EVERYONE.
As I look at the woman that seems to never struggle with judgment….. The woman who always finds the soft response and open heart….. I choose not to compare. I do not envy the growth where I am weak. I fix my eyes on His. Knowing that He is faithful to speak and act through my surrender in extravagant and tangible ways.
So sisters? If you struggle, I promise it is not just you and I. I pray that brings some comfort. But I also challenge you to surrender your weakness (whatever that may be) to His strength. He is ALWAYS faithful!
Ezekiel 36:26 I will plant a new heart and new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, stony heart and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.