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Some Have Compassion…Some Make a Difference

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Seems like recently the Lord keeps bring a word to the forefront of mind…a lot. Our church recently started a ministry called ‘Reformers Unanimous’. If you’re not familiar with it, it is a Bible based program that helps people break the chains of addiction, by first and foremost giving them the Gospel. This is such a great tool for winning people to Christ, and by the power of God giving them the tools they need to overcome the bondage in their life.

The truth is…addiction brings bondage.

No matter what kind of addiction we’re talking about….lying, cheating, stealing, drugs, alcohol, sex, eating disorders, gossiping, shop-a-holics, even self-righteousness. Anything can become an addiction.

As I was thinking about this weeks ago, the Lord convicted my heart of some areas in my life that I too have become a slave to. Things that may seem not so bad, but in reality were keeping me from opening my heart and love of Christ to people. We live in such a harsh world, down right mean if you will. Can’t everyone just play nice?:)

The Sunday school lessons in our church around this time were from the book of Jude, and like neon lights on the paper verse 22 jumped out at me…it reads,
“And of some have compassion, making a difference.” Jude 1:22

I have loved this verse for years ever since I first heard it, but again the Lord is using it in my life. As a stay at home mom, busy with my daily duties and family… I have to tell you I’m often tempted to just ‘keep to myself’…and not open our hearts and home to hurting people around us.

As women I believe God gives us a natural need to nurture and take care of things. That’s why we are so quick to give up our bodies for nine months as we cocoon sweet babies, and then wake every hour through the night feeding those sweet babies. We have a natural gift of compassion, that so often never leaves the steps of our front doors.

Will you be part of the ‘some’….will you ask God to use you to make a difference? The Lord so impressed this on my heart over the last month that I found myself talking to Him about it on several occasions, and explaining just how sorry I was for all the wasted opportunities to show compassion.

We mommies can reach the lonely mother at the park….we can have play dates with people we DON’T know so well, we can speak to the hurting teenage girl who is waiting in line at Starbucks…we can make a difference with our sweet smiles, kind words, and overflowing love of Christ….if we choose to.

Or we can hurry through the store with our lists, hurry through the church doors in our ministries, hurry to the gathering of our favorite friends….passing all the opportunities to reach out to the lonely and make a difference.

Will you be part of the ‘some’ and share the love of Christ with the ‘many’?

I want to be addicted to the right things. I want to be addicted to soul-winning and blessing people.
I don’t want to get so caught up in life that I miss the most important thing…bringing all the glory in it to Christ!! Pointing people to Him and not myself.
Lord, help me to be more like Jesus.

(I’ll end with the lyrics to a song our ladies group sings, I can’t think of the words while we’re singing or it makes me cry. So many need Jesus.)

Somebody’s down to their last dime,
Somebody’s running our of times,
Not too far from here.
Somebody’s got nowhere else to go,
Somebody needs a little hope,
Not too far from here.

And I may not know their name, but I’m praying just the same,
That you’ll use me Lord to wipe away a tear. Cuz somebody’s crying not to far from here.

Somebody’s Troubled and confused,
Somebody’s got nothin’ left to lose.
Not too far from here.
Somebody’s forgotten how to trust,
Somebody’s dying for love,
Not to far from here.

It may be a strangers face, but I’m praying for your grace. To move in me, and take away the fear. Cuz somebody’s hurting, not too far from here.

Help me Lord, not to turn away from pain.
Help me not to rest, while those around me weep.
Give me your strength and COMPASSION,
When somebody finds the road of life too steep.

Now I’m letting down my guard,
To speak you love to every needful ear.
Cuz somebody’s praying not too far from here.

Jesus is waiting, not too far from here.
(Song Not too Far From Here)

Heidi S.

One thought on “Some Have Compassion…Some Make a Difference

  1. Thank you so much for this post, Mrs. S! It was a blessing…and that is one of my favorite verses:) …and, one of my favorite songs:) I pray that the Lord would help me to make a difference daily. I appreciate you sharing this. Love you all:)

    Is. 6:8

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