The antidote to our indifference

By Dave Henning / April 17, 2022

“Every hurting person was [Jesus’s] son or daughter.  Compassion is the antidote to our indifference. . . .  Our compassion for hurting and hard-to-love people begins with eyes-open prayer.”- Kyle Idleman

“As [Jesus] approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out — the only son of his mother.  And a large crowd from the town was with her.  When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said. ‘Don’t cry.’ “- Luke 7:12-14 (NIV)

In Chapter 4 (“The Power of And”) of One At a Time, Kyle Idleman talks about when he traced the times Jesus showed compassion in the Bible.  Most significantly, Pastor Idleman states that a conjunction usually follows Jesus’s feeling of compassion, the word and.  Therefore, Jesus followed His feeling of compassion with action.  Also, that created a one at a time story.  And, Kyle underscores:

“Jesus’s life makes it clear that compassion isn’t just an emotion.  It’s more than just feeling sorry for someone.  Jesus shows us that compassion is a strong emotion that elicits a physical response.  The test of compassion is in the and.”

Furthermore, Pastor Idleman counsels, compassion for hurting and hard-to-love people begins with eyes-open prayer.  To pray with eyes open means that we see others one at a time.  As a result, we reach out to people we’d barely notice otherwise.

Finally, in Luke 7 we read that Jesus encounters a funeral procession as He reaches a town called Nain.  Back then, such a sight was normal.  Most people wouldn’t have given it a second glance.  However, Kyle stresses, eyes-open prayer alters the way we see people in the commonplace moments of life.

First, Jesus saw the widow.  Second, His heart went out to her.  Thus, a connection existed between what His eyes saw and His heart saw.  Also, Jesus gave the widow back her son – and He gave the woman back her hope.

Today’s question: How do you see compassion as the antidote to our indifference?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “First responders or concerned bystanders?”

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