Peak of the Week – Be The Best You Can Be: The Compassion Principle – Part 2 of 4
I have come that you may have life and have it to the full. (more and better life than you ever dreamed of)” John 10:10 The Trait That Made Jesus the Best Above All the Rest! It’s difficult for us to understand how our Lord Jesus Christ could have been 100% man and 100% God at the same time. Yet, because of this, you find, in Christ, every good human and heavenly characteristic known to human beings. He had each of them to the “nth” degree! Perfect in all his ways!
If we were to differentiate between all of them as to which is the greatest, we would probably settle on “love” since it is the “greatest” (1 Corinthians 13:13). But there is a manifestation of love – a refined, unique, exceptional quality – called “compassion” that set his life and ministry apart from anything his world had ever seen.
He had compassion for literally every group of people he encountered. His compassion was limitless. Even though some individuals (like Mother Theresa) are known for their compassion, no one has ever demonstrated it to the degree that Jesus did. For your life to be the “best you can be”, you must learn this amazing principle from him!
JESUS’ COMPASSION TO THE A____________________________________________________ Matthew 15:32-38; 18:23-34; 25:35-36; 1 John 3:16-18 Q – When was the last time you fed a hungry family? Q – When was the last time you forgave someone of a debt to you?
JESUS’ COMPASSION TO THE B____________________________________________________ Mark 1:40-42; Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 10:30-37; 16:19-26 #2: THE “COMPASSION” PRINCIPLE When was the last time you prayed with a sick person in their home? Q – When was the last time you sent a card to a sick person?
JESUS’ COMPASSION TO THE C_________________________________________________ Matthew 9:36-38; Mark 10:17-22; John 4:7-26; 8:3-11 Q – When was the last time you shared your faith with someone lost? Q – When was the last time you befriended someone who needed God?
JESUS’ COMPASSION TO THE D____________________________________________________ Luke 7:11-17; John 11:17-36 Q – When was the last time you attended a funeral to comfort someone? Q – When was the last time you cried with a hurting brother or sister?
JESUS’ COMPASSION TO THE E_____________________________________________________ Matthew 18:1-16; 19:13-15; Luke 18:15-17 Q – When was the last time you gave clothes or food to a needy child? Q – When was the last time you said, “Jesus loves you” to a child?
JESUS’ COMPASSION TO HIS F_______________________________________________________ Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 22:49-51- “and he touched the man’s ear and healed him”; 23:34; Romans 12:17-21 Q – When was the last time you prayed for an enemy by name? Q – When was the last time you did something kind for an enemy?
JESUS’ COMPASSION TO THE G_________________________________________________________ Luke 15:1-7; 8-10; 11-24; 19:1-10; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20 Q – When was the last time you talked deeply with a fallen brother or sister? Q – When was the last time you prayed for someone to return to God? “The Lord is gracious and compassionate… The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:5-6