By Karen Polich
Want to live out true biblical compassion?
Listen here to Pastor Michael Cook’s sermon series Compassionate Community. Sunday he shared the compassion formula for becoming a true compassionate community. John 13:33-35
Experiencing + Extending = Exhibiting
The formula seems simple, but is more than a linear equation. “Experiencing” is the key. Without truly experiencing God’s love and mercy, it becomes difficult to extend or exhibit compassion.
God’s love for us is not contingent upon our obedience to Him.
Pastor Michael Cook described four components of “experiencing”.
- God accepts us. For many believers, God’s love is a concept, not something they experience. God loves us in this very moment. He loved us six months ago, ten years ago, at birth and even before we were a thought to anyone on this earth. Romans 5:8, Romans 8:1
- God serves our needs. He takes care of our needs. Big, small, messy, simple needs are all covered by God. He cares for our spiritual and physical needs. Hebrews 7:26, Philippians 4:19
- God comforts our hearts. In those dark moments of heartbreak, God comforts us. Psalm 119:76
- God commits His presence. He will not leave us. God is there in all things. Romans 8:35-39
Once we have experienced God’s love and forgiveness, extending that to others happens naturally. Compassion will flow from our lives and be exhibited clearly for all to see. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Living out this formula is magnetic. True biblical compassion creates a life of impact.