Ever stopped and seen someone hungry and felt so sorry for them, you can see that they need help and for a brief second this persons world over takes yours but then you continue normally in your day. Sympathy. Feeling sorry. Is it enough?
I was walking through the train station on my way to work when I saw the homeless man who slept by the elevator. “Give him your lunch” this thought came to my mind and I thought “huh, really?” Then the image of the sandwich I made came into my head. “What will I eat” I thought. I was rushing so I ran to catch my train.
As I passed the bagel shop on the way to work I thought to myself “I should have given that man my lunch, I would have bought a bagel here”
When I got to work my work collegue handed me a bag of bagels from the bagel shop.
Sympathy vs Compassion
Compassion is love in action.
Compassion sets the bar at another level and says “I feel your pain and this is how I can help”
We may not be able to help everyone who is going through something but we all have someone who we can help or encourage or lift today.
Sometimes it will be easy like giving someone your lunch and for an afternoon you will be sightly hungry but for that person they just went from starving to full and from hopeless to hopefull.
I felt pretty silly that I didn’t do such a small act which God was asking me to do.
Of course after work the homeless man was still there, And I gave him the food, but I should have been obedient at the time God asked.
I learnt a huge lesson that day, listen to the Holy Spirit when he is asking you. Big and small. Be a person of love and action. Just do it.
“If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
James 2:16-17 NIV