we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…. (1 Th 2:8).
Sometimes I become bothered by people who, in my mind, don’t seem to have their act together. I lack grace and compassion for them in the midst of their suffering, because I feel as though, in my own puffed up pride that they are acting immaturely or without wisdom.
If they would just grow out of their emotional immaturity, I think to myself, they wouldn’t be where they are in this. Instead of lifting a finger to help them, I become annoyed and lack the love, care and concern that I should be exhibiting within my heart towards those who are suffering.
When Paul is speaking to the church in Thessalonica he tells them of how delighted he is to share his life with them. This means the gross parts of our lives. That requires us to walk with people in suffering. Can I be really honest? In my pride, I want people to walk with me in my suffering, but I sometimes lack the grace and desire to do it for others.
This simply reveals a selfish heart within myself that seems to be more concerned about being cared for than caring for others. I really wish I was better at this whole following Jesus thing. Especially in the areas of empathy and compassion. Until we truly care more about others than ourselves, we are not living like Jesus would.
I’ve still got a ways to go, but I want to be different. I want to care just as much for others in their difficult seasons as others who were filled with the love of Christ have cared for me.
Lord, please help me to grow in this area. I can be so prideful and selfish. Forgive me for my lack of love, care and concern for people. Help me to set aside myself, so I can love other people like you do, in Jesus name, Amen.