We are People of Compassion
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Questions for Reflection
- Pastor Ryan has used the stories Jesus and the Adulterous Woman from John 8, Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind from John 9, and Jesus Talking on Sin from 1 Peter 2 for this series on compassion. In your own words, what do these passages teach us about God? Do they teach us anything about compassion?
- If we no longer see people from a "worldly point of view" (2 Corinthians 5:16) how might we treat them differently? Explain.
- Specific to this series on compassion, what would have to change to make us more like Jesus, "making his appeal through us" (2 Corinthians 5:20)? If we are now the ambassadors of Christ (literally!) what must change in our lives now?