Learning about the Heart Treasure of compassion, I thought about the times in my life when I worked specifically with those in need. Working with people in need brought much joy to my heart and had lasting effects on my life and the way I choose to live. No matter how busy life gets, serving others remains a priority for me as I seek to follow Jesus with my life. I am overwhelmed by the compassion that I see throughout Jesus’ life here on earth and I can’t help but be compelled to want to imitate that.
I shared with students about how compassion means love in action and how when we see others in need, showing compassion means reaching out to help fill those needs as we are able. It seems like a simple definition, but the ramifications of that can have such lasting effects. It blows my mind to think how God showed the ultimate compassion on humankind when he sent his only son Jesus down to earth to live a perfect life and die in our place to save us from our sin. He saw our need for a saviour and knew that we could not attain freedom from our sins without his help. He graciously looked down on humanity and was so moved by our desperate need of him that he chose to show compassion on us even though it cost him greatly. May we never lose the awe and wonder of our saviour's love for us. I will never be the same because of the compassion that God showed us through sacrificing His only son and my prayer is that out of a heart filled with gratitude I am able to live my life in a way that seeks to show compassion to others.
My prayer for our students is that they too would begin to grasp and embrace this motivation for showing compassion to others, whether in the class, in the community, or with their families.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16
Written by Lisa Spence, a teacher at MCS who taught about the Heart Treasure of compassion during weekly assemblies.