A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” –Col. 13:12-13

I recently heard a wise professor say, “Our failures and losses bear the seeds of compassion.” Having compassion is to have pity, sympathy, and to have mercy on someone. Compassion also means to “suffer with”- to recognize the suffering of others and to help them.

Many times this past year, I have acted selfishly, putting all my time and effort into worldly treasures (friends, academics, a good reputation, etc.) that cannot satisfy. God has patiently called, and I have walked farther away from Him each time until I could hardly hear His voice at all. I was so ashamed of that this past week that right before taking communion at a worship service I struggled to ask for His forgiveness. I knew the potential for betrayal in my heart and I was losing hope; it was so evident to me that I did not belong anywhere, and I had no one but myself to blame.

Then He said to me: “I love you. I redeem all things. All things! You needed to know the depth of betrayal and idolatry in your heart, you needed to know that nothing good comes from your own effort, and you needed to know how much deeper My love runs for you. Put yourself there, when My Son came to earth and poured out His life for all sinners, with no guarantee that you would repent and receive His gift. I am calling you to a total surrender and a joyful obedience. Remember what I have delivered you from, and remember that I delight in you…this is going to change the way you love others. I am building within you a heart of compassion, to know what it feels like to be separated from Me. You belong to Me, and you have never belonged to anyone or anything else. And this is what you are to proclaim to those who are suffering the consequences of sin with no knowledge of who I am.”

If you have been failing lately, please know that our Redeemer lives, and He wants to complete the good work He began in you.

Remember, "Our failures and losses bear the seeds of compassion!"

If you have sinned and are so ashamed that you cannot even confess it, please know that our Lord Jesus is so very gentle: a bruised reed He will not break, and He is in the business of setting the captives free. If you feel like you do not belong anywhere and there is no hope, run to the cross, where Jesus showed us the most incomprehensible, undeniable, and ultimate expression of the Father’s love for us. 

Let us wake up, stand up, and rise up! He has lifted our heads, so let us raise our hands and our hearts to the One who delights in us, the One whose plans stand firm forever, through all generations. Let us be gentle, demonstrate compassion, and give the forgiveness we have received to people just like ourselves, people who need Jesus.

David Yoder