And of some have compassion, making a difference: Jude 22 KJV
The nightly news interviewed a man who a year ago, was involved with hate groups. He felt angry that he didn't have a job along with other issues. He wanted to blame someone for his problems. He joined the Ku Klux Klan. They couldn't help him.
He joined the Neo Nazis and became involved in a bad situation. Still no relief.
Finally, a black pastor invited him to church. He didn't really think he would be well received, but decided to go anyway. He found a church full of people who not only welcomed him but showed him the love that made the difference and changed his life.
What is our attitude toward hate groups, those who practice immorality, and those of other belief systems? Will belittling them or name calling or excluding them from out company change their minds and attitudes? I think not, but having compassion on those who are searching for love in all the wrong places will make a difference.
How will you make a difference this week?
With school starting, you will no doubt meet new people as well as old friends.
What can you do to show the love and compassion that will make a difference in their lives?
How will they see Jesus in you?
Here's some ideas:
Smile and say "Good Morning" to someone who looks unhappy.
Share that extra cookie in your lunch box with a bully without them asking or demanding?
Invite someone to join you and your friends at recess.
What other ways can you think of showing compassion (that's kindness) toward someone who seems a little out of sorts? Please share your ideas.