The accounts of God’s unfailing love and compassion for people abound in Scripture.
Indescribable love moved God’s holy hand to provide a Savior to bridge the gap between life and death for all humankind.
As you daily draw near to God and experience His compassion, your response is to give to others what you’ve been given and share what you’ve been shown. It’s that simple.
“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd”
Matthew 9:36, NIV
Communication is the most important skill in life, but at the core of great communication, funny as it seems, is listening.
Building real relationships online requires not that you be understood but that you understand the context of the people who interact with you. If you hear the hearts of others, you’ll be ready to lavish them with God-sized compassion. Begin to genuinely build relationship, connect, and care in His strength.
An action plan for extending compassion online:
- Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in exactly how to respond to others online. Does this situation require you to take an extra, more personal step.
- Own and respond to the prayer requests you see. Let someone know when you pray for him or her.
- Be empathetic to others’ suffering, grief, or fears, even if you can’t relate personally. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
- Keep a prayer journal on hand to keep track of who you are praying for online, their requests and their names. Be sure to follow up. A number of free online prayer journals also exist. Just Google “online prayer journal,” and take your pick.
- Listen and be willing to go deeper into others’ lives; ask them questions to prompt meaningful sharing. Use open-ended questions, the ones that start with “What” or “How.” Say to others, “Tell me more.”
- Let people know when you can personally relate to their storm and how you made it to the other side.
Expand the list, what else can you do to extend compassion online?