The Lord is very compassionate and merciful. James 5:11
When COVID-19 spread across the world and kept people apart from each other, Girl Scouts in hard-hit New Rochelle, New York, made a huge banner. It said, “We Support Our Neighbors: #NewRoStrong.” A woman in Cornwall in the U.K. created a postcard that said, “Hello! If you are self-isolating, I can help.” An entire street in Italy erupted in song as quarantined neighbors stuck their heads from their windows and sang together. In Australia, Woolworths created special hours for elderly and disabled shoppers to restock their supplies. A church in Alabama administered testing kits for their community. And in China, Christian volunteers handed out facemasks.
All around the world, countless acts of compassion brought people together even when they couldn’t literally come together. National and global catastrophes have a way of bringing out the best in people, for our Creator is a God of compassion—and a bit of that remains even in fallen humanity.
Those of us who are His children have the Spirit of compassion living in us, so let’s lead the way. Who can you encourage today.
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. John Bunyan
James 5 Expositional by Chuck Smith