Contempt or Compassion
I was working out on an elliptical machine at the YMCA the other day and was cut to the heart by a verse I had read. Luke 18:9 Jesus tells a parable “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt.” I began to be convicted of my attitude of contempt toward other people. I often find myself looking around at the things people do, the way they dress or act and hold them in contempt. Meaning, I basically think I’m better than they are because I don’t do those things.
This movement of the Holy Spirit in me pushed me to confess and repent of this ironically contemptible behavior. In reality, I am no better than anyone, my vices are no less offensive to God and I need the radical transformation of the gospel every day.
I began to see that the opposite of contempt could be compassion. This is the route that God took with us. Instead of finding us contemptible He chose to have compassion on us. God knows our inability to fix ourselves, He knows our ability to create our own crutches, idols and self-serving attitudes. That is why He stepped in and sent Jesus to show us what life is really about and what it can look like to have a relationship with God the Father.
As you look around you and notice people…think about whether you are showing them contempt or compassion. How can the gospel that showed us compassion change and transform the way we view others, the way we react to others, the way we love and serve others? I think you will actually find more joy in your day and because of how you love others, they may even find more joy in their day as well.
All for Jesus,
FletchTags: compassion, contempt, gospel, love