Today is Day Thirty-seven of “The Respect Dare” and we are discussing the compassion of God.

“You also, as living stones, are being built up a spirtual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Peter 2:5 NKJV

Godly compassion takes us outside of ourselves and let’s us have empathy for others as if we were able to walk in their shoes. It is a very good thing.

God loves us so much that He died while we were yet sinners. He knew how much and how often we would stumble and fall. And yet He still chose to die so that we might live.

My mother has a brain tumor. I am not ready to lose my mother. I have a great many emotions running through me when I try to fall asleep each night or sit still for any length of time and let my mind wander. But, what my mom needs right now is for my prayers to be strong and my heart to have the hope that comes from living for and loving a Holy God.

These are the same things that my husband needs from me. Today, he seemed to be wrestling with something. I couldn’t seem to say anything right or use the right tone.

The Lord expects those who love Him to obey His commands (John 14:23). He also shows us in His Word that there are blessings for obedience and consequences for disobedience (Deuteronomy 28). He is a good and just God, without knowing that there is a price to pay for our disobedience, how many of us would still obey him?

I knew that my affair was sinful. I was deceived and walked willingly in that darkness for a season. I cannot express the gratitude I have for a savior (and husband) who loved me anyway and were willing to forgive me and offer me reconciliation. There are times that I wonder if the physical pain I suffer, especially during intimacy, is a consequence of my past sin. Don’t get me wrong, I know that I am forgiven and that I am not being “punished”. Truly, only the Lord knows the answer to that. So, I choose to glorify Him in the midst of my pain and know that I deserve so much worse. He is faithful, just, kind, and loving… even when it hurts.

Having compassion on someone doesn’t release them from the consequences of their sins. Having compassion means walking along side them when things are hard and don’t seem fair to remind them that God is always fair and always faithful and worthy of our lives.

Lord, please lift the burdens from my heart and restore the joy that can only come from You. Renew a right spirit within me. Lord, please lead me in Your truths and help me to see through Your eyes. Soften my heart and move my feet.

In Jesus’ Name… Amen!

If you are just joining us, I am doing “The Respect Dare” 40 day challenge along with the ladies at Unbroken Woman and others.

I pray each of you have a great day and also make sure you are visiting The Unbroken Woman to enter to win gifts and be entered to win the Kindle Fire. Check out the following two links specifically:

I Dare You!

and

What to Expect When You Are Respecting: The Respect Dare Bible Study

Also, please check out the author’s blog at http://ninaroesner.com

DAY 37 STUDY LEADERS’ LINKS

Unbroken Woman

Peaceful Wife

Forgiven Wife

Broken But Not Forgotten

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or private prayer requests.

Godspeed… ~ Tiffani

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