Thank you for reading today. Our greatest desire is that you would be encouraged in the Lord today! In my daily time with God today, the Holy Spirit spoke to me about having compassion on people in perilous times. Yesterday, I listened to a man who had been working for a company for many years. Because of the COVID-19 virus shut down, he was called in this week and let go from his job.  He was also working another job and that also ended. He has two special needs children and probably about enough money to last for a month. He lives in an apartment and the complex wants their rent paid on time.  He was at wits end corner. His thought was where was God in all this? The first thought that came to my mind were these precious verses.  

Matthew 14:14, And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Matthew 15:32, Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.

In each of these issues Jesus not only had compassion, but did something about it. Dear friends, it is our prayer that this sickness (COVID-19) would be contained and that lives would be spared. We desire to do our part to pray and encourage anyone who needs help. If you need spiritual or emotional help please feel free to contact us at 501-596-2870 or drterrycoomer@gmail.com.

It is further our prayer that through all of these world events, hearts would be turned in repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is in times like this that people are crying out for answers and for hope. God’s Word has all of the answers.

Romans 15:4, 13, For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

 God Wants Us to Learn to Have Compassion On Others

There are many people who are going to need a lot of help during this pandemic. I understand many churches are not having services and we are under a social distancing mandate for our safety and the safety of others.  So, what can we do?  There are people out there who are going to be at wits end corner. They don’t know where to turn or what to do. They lost their job, their place to live, and they will not have the money for the necessities of life. 

May I share a couple of thoughts with you? I know we cannot take on everyone else’s problems and needs. But how about praying and asking God who He might want you to help?! If each Christian or church took that seriously a lot of help could be given to people. In essence look for a way to have compassion. You cannot help everyone, but you might be able to help someone. Living an angry life here because of our circumstances will not help! Turn your anger to Him.

Ask God who He might want you to witness to today. I know we cannot get close to people. I have noticed over the past few days we have some folks coming up with some very good electronic tracts. Send one by email to your neighbor, friend, or co-worker. They may have never listened to you before, but maybe they will now. Here is a great opportunity to share the gospel with those in need. 

There are already many people living in fear.  We know there are people who are crying daily, and are really hurting. You do not know what to do.   Let me say to you, God loves you!  Ask God to bring someone into your life that wants to show compassion. There are some great helps on our web site especially on fear in the audio section. Click on Listen to Dr. Coomer on the Audio Page.

James 1:5-6, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  (6)  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Folks, we are all in this together. Here is an opportunity to show the love of our Lord is about by showing compassion. There are several passages of Scripture that talk about Jesus having compassion on others that were hurting. When you do a study on the compassion of Jesus in the Scripture, it is very enlightening.  

I heard about a young lady this week who had been diagnosed with COVID-19.  She had lost her job and she was a single parent.  She had no way to pay her bills and was alone and was sick. She could not have her child with her because of her infection. My heart broke for her. I wanted to cry with her. My heart goes out to anyone in that position. There are many such stories out there already and there will be more.

Compassion Is a Command in Scripture

 
1 Peter 3:8, Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

1 John 3:17, But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Jude 1:22, And of some have compassion, making a difference:

In a hard hearted world there is a need of godly compassion. Remember ask God to bring that person across your path that needs your help! Pray for a compassionate heart.

Maybe your afraid today of what the future is going to bring for you. Maybe you are lonely.  Maybe your husband, wife, or child has been infected.  Yes, this is a different time and a perilous time. Just remember to take one step at a time. Just ask God for the next right step. You do not have to see ten steps down the road, just the next right step! The essence of the Christian life is to ask God questions. Let Him know you need his help!

Remember, be the vessel God can use today by asking the Holy Spirit to show you if you are living your life without dealing with your sin? Are you living in the sin of allowing selfish and carnal thinking or listening to rule your life and making you not focusing on setting your affections on things above and having compassion upon another in perilous times? Be all you can be for Him today and have a powerful testimony of living a Spirit controlled yielded godly life that is serving and living with humility, joy and peace! We encourage you today to make Jesus Christ real in your life by humbly yielding to Him and living for Him, not the life of selfish carnal thinking and speaking. It is an important choice! Tell God you want to yield yourself to Him today and be a trusting, useful, and rewarded servant! Rejoice in Him today and have compassion upon another.

Dear friends, we pray for many of you daily!  Be encouraged, do and be well today!

With a heart to glorify God and serving the God of answers,

Dr. Terry L. Coomer
Director, Hope Biblical Counseling and Training    
www.hopebiblicalcounselingcenter.com
DrTerryCoomer@gmail.com