Linda Wood Rondeau

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A CONVENIENT COMPASSION
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by DONNA SCHLACHTER

 

PLEASE WELCOME

DONNA SCHLACHTER

TO

DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY

 

A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus was indignant*. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

Mark 1:4 (*filled with compassion).

I recently read the phrase “convenient compassion” regarding our desire and interest in helping others. In this case, the situation was someone had asked for help, and to help would interfere with other plans. The question was, “What should I do?”

I wondered, for myself, how many times this situation comes up. I love to help people, and I want to help folks, but sometimes it’s just too much they’re asking of me. And it always seems to come at a time when I’m already busy, overwhelmed with other things.

I also know that some people can bleed you dry, so to speak, with their neediness. Time, energy, resources including money and use of vehicles – the list goes on and on.

 

 

And I think we’ve all had the situation where we gave sacrificially, above and beyond the call, only to get burned. We help people move, and they leave the church. We lend them money to pay their rent, and they stop calling. We drive them hither and yon, and they never even say thank you.

In the Scripture above, we see a case of inconvenient compassion. After all, this man had leprosy, a disease considered so awful and contagious that victims weren’t even allowed to live in the city. They had their own communities, and if they wanted to walk through a town, someone walked ahead calling out, “Leper. Unclean. Make way for the unclean!”

And yet this man went up to Jesus, fell on his knees in worship, and told Jesus that if He was willing, He could heal him.

He didn’t ask if this was a good time.

He didn’t ask if Jesus had an opinion regarding leprosy and whether it was a punishment for his sin or the sin of his parents.

He didn’t even ask Jesus if He could.

He just said, “You can if You want to.”

And Jesus had compassion on him. Some versions say “pity” or “felt sorry”. But you get the picture.

Jesus didn’t check His schedule to see if He had time.

He didn’t check with His disciples to ask their opinion.

He didn’t even stop to put on a latex glove, or wash his hands, or spray the guy with antibacterial spray.

He reached out, touched him, and said, “I am willing. Be healed.”

 

Convenient compassion in a world of inconvenience.

In that culture, Jesus was now considered unclean. People should have shunned Him, run screaming away.

We don’t have any reports of that happening.

What we see is Jesus reached out and met this man’s need.

Just as He has reached out and touched our leprosy and made us clean.

He was willing to do it for this man. He was more than willing to do it for me. And for you.

 

Can we do any less?

Consider the moments of inconvenience that come your way this week. Stop, and ask God to make more room in your schedule. To cancel those things you don’t really need to do. Ask Him for time to make just one phone call, to write just one note or card to a friend you haven’t heard from lately. To spend just five more minutes with Him today.

Set aside the inconvenience, and look for the convenient. Praise our convenient God!

Lord, thank You that You are in control of my timetable. Show me where I can invest some time in others, and how I can make more time to spend with You. Amen.

 

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ABOUT DONNA SCHLACHTER:

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts and has been published more than 25 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group, and teaches writing classes. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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Donna Schlachter From At 5/15/2019 10:13:59 PM

Thank you, Linda, for having me on your blog today!

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