When Compassion Outweighs Fear
Can you picture a dark alley? It’s late and the only real light is coming from a window up above. There is a young woman there, who is surrounded by would be muggers. I think that we both know what could happen to her. She could be mugged; she could be raped, or even killed. What do you do? What do I do? Fear can cripple us to the point we do nothing. But how could we do nothing?
Because of Jesus, my compassion outweighs my fear. I heard a sermon recently where I took this quote from. “Compassion should drive us even when finances scare us.” -Pastor Richard Burrell- I was moved by this quote! In fact, it shook me to my core. I went home and added to it. “Compassion should drive us even when finances scare us, even when fear paralyzes us, and even when no one else seems to care.”
The scenario that I mentioned earlier is one that faces our children and our young people. Every day they are being surrounded by those who would harm them. Literally and figuratively! Sometimes it’s people snatching them on the streets, (human trafficking, prostitution, and gangs). Sometimes it’s the media, i.e. magazines movies, television shows, music, “celebrities”. We all acknowledge it, but the question is who will do something about it.
I will! Because of Jesus!
Here is why. I love Jesus! I love Jesus because he first loved me. Because of the love I have for Jesus, I will follow his commandment to love my neighbors. How can you love someone and watch them hurting without stepping in?
Because of Jesus, I’m filled with compassion for those young people that are hurting. It is this very compassion that drives me, even when it scares me. I am not a college grad, I am not wealthy, I have no experiences, nor powerful connections, and many may see these as weaknesses. But, (which cancels out the last sentenceJ) I boast in my weakness.
Because of Jesus! I am Impacting Communities, Encouraging leaders, and Inspiring Hope!
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About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.