Compassion, Meekness, Quietness, Kindness

The words I listed in the title of my post have all had an impact on me in the past week. I am learning that as I choose to focus on this thing called “compassion” the Lord is showing me that so many of the words and qualities are all intertwined. In the original verse I chose to memorize, Col. 3:12, compassion is mentioned right alongside kindness, gentlness, humility, patience…all things, if I were to be completely honest, that I need more of in my life!
This week I have begun a book study with a small group of ladies from an online message board. The book is called Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell. I have read this book (well half of it) before and really, really thought it was very good, practical and encouraging. Teri Maxwell shares some of her own experiences where the Lord showed her that she was lacking in meekness and quietness. She shares scriptures and practical help for those of us who are also seeking these qualities.

 

So, as I have been continuing to focus on compassion, while also starting this book on being meek and quiet, I am seeing how much they all go together! And if I were to be completely honest and blunt with you, I would also say that up to this point I have had serious doubts that these changes could even happen in me.Therefore, as of today, I am claiming a verse over this study and over this area in my life. A verse that I have read so many times throughout my lifetime, but still brings such encouragement.

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13.

And another verse that I am going to cling to as well:

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Cor. 9:8.

I looked up some synonyms of compassion: charity, pity, condolence, kindness, leniency, mercy, tenderness. All things that I desire to be. I have also looked up the definitions for meek: mild temper, soft, gentle, not easily irritated. And quiet: peaceable, not turbulent, not giving offense, mild, meek, content.

Well, right away I notice a few (or maybe a LOT) of things that I am NOT. I’m not always kind, I am not always tender and gentle. I am actually quite easily irritated. And I’m not always content either. It looks like I have alot of work to do. Or, should I say, it looks like God has so much to do in me. He has such a difficult job being my Father, the molder of my heart. Praise God that nothing is impossible (or difficult) with Him! I am praying, though, that I would open myself up to His changing power. I want Him to do this in me so badly that I can taste it. However, I know that the responsibility does not lie with Him alone. He has the power, I have to be ready, willing and able for it.

For the past few weeks I have been looking up scriptures with the words compassion, meek and quiet in them. Here are the ones that have stood out to me the most.

“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert.” Neh. 9:19.

“But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight. Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven and in your compassion you delivered them time after time.” Neh. 9:28.

“Praise the Lord…who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” Psalm 103:4

“when Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion for these people…” Matthew 14:14.

“…the Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received.” 2 Cor. 1:3.

“He leads me beside quiet waters…” Psalm 23:2

“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet, than a house full of feasting and strife.” Prov. 17:1.

“He will quiet you with His love…” Zeph. 3:17

“The one I esteem is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2.

“But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.” Psalm 37:11

Oh Father, You show me so much through Your Word. So much so that at times (like now) I am completely overwhelmed with my own inadequacies. Yet, more than my own shortcomings, Your character and Your will for me shine through. You are the God of compassion, a Father to the fatherless. Jesus had compassion as soon as He saw people everywhere He went. I want that. I want my attitude to be like His. But, God, you are going to have to come into my heart and just do a complete makeover. I trust You, though. I trust You completely. I want to yield myself to You and allow You to do Your thing. Work in me. Change me. Mold me. Amen.

Uncharted

Friends, I come to you today with a heartfelt recommendation that you read this book, Uncharted, by Angela Hunt. This book is going to the very, tip-top of my MUST READ book list of all time!! I can say without a doubt that I have never read anything like it. This book was so good that I read it very quickly, but the images…the story…the things I have read about will stay with me forever. You might call this story a parable. This book tells the story of our lives with such amazing creativity that I can’t even find words to adequately describe it!

I also don’t really even want to tell you what it is about because mentioning the very subject of the book would ruin the story for you!! So, all I can say is PLEASE read it!!

Here is what Publisher’s Weekly has to say about this book, “…a blend of the movies Castaway and The Big Chill, with a touch of the television series, Lost, creatively thrown together with the biblical story of the beggar Lazarus and C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce.”

It is moving. It is emotional. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. And…I believe, God can use the story presented in this book to change you.

(note: this is a book I picked up from our church library and wanted to read on my own, it’s not written for any of my reviews.)

UPDATE: Ladies, I’m sorry to be so mysterious! LOL! I’m not doing it on purpose…but am glad that you guys are taking my advice and looking for the book! My guess is your city library might carry it too, ours has several of her books. I’m serious when I say that I could give you a one word description of the book…but for me, I think it would have ruined the suspense. So, I’ll just have to be mysterious this time!!