My father, in the faith, shared with us about a time when they had a capital-building project they trusted the Lord for. When he took the matter to the Lord in prayers, the Lord told the ministry to build a church at a particular mission field. They obeyed. 

The moment they finished building the church in the mission field, the heavens opened, and the resources needed for the capital project began to flow in. 

If you are blinded by your needs, you will be deaf to divine instructions. When you are deaf to divine instructions, you will likely struggle with compassion. 

Compassion is one of the companions of restoration. Mephiboseth, the son of Jonathan, would have died in poverty even though he had legal rights to his grandfather’s properties if not for the compassion that the Lord planted in the heart of David. 

A servant called Ziba had already taken over the estate of King Saul, but it was all turned around in a moment. 

If you are goal-oriented without compassion, you will trample on those who can give answers and hence make your journey longer. David and his men were going after the Amalekites for a showdown. They were men in great pain. Their wives and children were already taken as prisoners of war. Their base was set ablaze. 

On the way, they saw a man who was left alone to die in the field. They gave him bread and some water. His health was restored. He gave them all the intel to wage war and recover their families. No matter how pained you are, never trample on people! 

Compassion is needed to give direction to your passion. Sometimes, you will discover that you are anointed for the things breaking your heart. Look at the ministry of our Lord, Jesus Christ: 

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few”

Matthew 9:36-37 NKJV

He came to seek and save the lost. His heart is always moved when he sees lost souls. Compassion is a major driving force for ministry. You cannot serve a generation that you are not passionate about. 

Compassion does not trample on a fallen brother or sister. Compassion will ask, “What if I was the one?” We judge people by their actions but want to be treated by our intents. Learn to walk in other people’s shoes. It is a game changer. 

Compassion never fails. Why? The merciful shall always obtain mercy. There are men who have no mercy in their account balance asking for the mercy of the Lord. 

As you think about your needs this season, there is someone whose needs you can meet. If you need a hundred million naira, there is someone who needs a hundred thousand naira. Be merciful! 

You must be compassionate to your spouse. Apostle Peter said that a husband must treat his wife compassionately, or his prayers will be hindered. When compassion leaves a marriage, competition and strife will take over. 

Compassion makes it easy to bear with one another. You will give people the room to become. You will be patient with those in the process of growth. Be compassionate. 

Do not forget – we are all recipients of God’s mercy. It is by His mercies that we are not consumed. 

© temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa

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