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A Servants Heart-Part II

A Servants Heart-Part II

The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. Psalms 145:8 (NKJV)

In Part I of this devotional series, we looked at what Jesus said about serving others. We learned that we can reflect a great witness for God when we willingly become servants for others as it reflects and imitates Christ's character.  And because of the impact of our actions, we learned that whatever we did in word or deed, we were to do it all in the name of our Lord Jesus.  

We spoke about the proper condition of our heart being very important, because to serve others with an improper heart is of no value.  There are 8-qualities we must possess to have a true servants heart, and our part is to put on these qualities just like we would our clothing daily. The apostle Paul outlines the qualities of what a Christian believer should possess in chapter 3 of the book of Colossians in verses 12-14.  

Let us first take a look at these verses in their entirety.  

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. Colossians 3:12-14 (NKJV)

We will now break down these verses to get a better look at these 8-qualities that we are to put on daily.

The first quality we are to "Put on" is:
1.    A heart of compassion

The Greek word for compassion used here in this scripture is, "Oiktirmos"

This means, "pity," "mercy," "sympathy," or "compassion."

This means that we have a "deep, gut-level feeling of compassion." We can see how Jesus demonstrated this type of compassion in Matthew 9:36:

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)

When we look upon others it is important that we consider the mental, physical, and spiritual state or condition they are in.  We shouldn't have a judgmental attitude or pious outlook that says, "hey they should have thought about that before they did those actions."  We need to look to their needs as if they are ours and purpose in our heart to have an agape love towards them.  We need to remember agape love is centered on the needs and welfare of the one that is being loved.  It is willing to pay whatever personal price necessary to meet those needs and foster that welfare of the person.

We can possess this type of love only when we purpose in our heart to love others in the way that God first loved us.  It is a love that's origin is God and its power is from God - The Holy Spirit.  Remember my Christian brothers and sisters; God didn't wait for us to be cleaned up before He started to love us.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

I often reflect on Ephesians 5:1 where we are told to be "Imitators" of God.   And loving others is the greatest imitation we can possibly possess and demonstrate.

Psalm 145:8 tells us that The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy, and we should reflect this attitude as we serve others.

I want to encourage you today to put on "A Heart of Compassion" and to begin to serve those whom God has brought into your life.  In Part III of this message, we will continue to look at these 8-qualities that we must put on to have the heart of a servant.

STUDY QUESTION: What attributes do we see God demonstrating in the scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you imitating God by being (1) full of compassion, (2) slow to anger, (3) great in mercy, and (4) loving, even though they are sinners?

APPLICATION: Think on these things today, and meditate on them.  Ask God to show you areas where you are not being an example of these attributes-places where you come to the end of your own fleshly love, and you have drawn a line, and said, "No more!"  Ask God to help you love that person despite how you personally feel.  Ask God to change your heart to make it like His.

Father, Thank You for Your love, compassion, mercy and love for me.  Help me to see others as You do Lord, and give me the ability to Agape them in the same way You have done to me.  I need more of You today Lord - help me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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