Starting on Sunday, seems like the theme song of my week is Laura Story's Mighty to Save. I've gotten in the car 3 days in a row listening to that song. It was played in our worship service on Sunday. And the key word that is sticking out to me is EVERYONE, from the first line, "everyone needs compassion".
I'm awfully convicted this week that sometimes my compassion for others is extended only to those I deem worthy, and that doesn't match up with the kind of love God wants me to have for EVERYONE. We aren't called to pick and choose which people to love, we are called to love and show compassion to EVERY - SINGLE - ONE.
I really enjoy music, but rarely has a song to spoken to me like this one has this week, especially a song that I have probably heard a thousand times before. I can really tell that God had these specific words in mind for me this week and He meant for me to put them into practice. I've already been in several situations where I've heard or thought something nasty about someone's character and caught myself thinking, "EVERYONE needs compassion. EVERYONE."
What a humbling reminder of how to live out the 2nd of God's greatest commandments, to love (all) your neighbor(s) as yourself.
Matthew 22: 37-40
Jesus said: “ 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”