DAILY DEVOTIONS: Jun 12 'A Spirit of Compassion'

'A Spirit of Compassion'
...God...has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.
- 2 Corinthians 3:5, 6
Today, the spirit of that new covenant is needed more than ever. We seem overtaken by "letter" energy of constant negative judgment, attack and counterattack. Jesus replaced the Jewish purity code with the code of compassion. As ministers of a new covenant today, we need to ground our interactions in compassion. We need to not respond angrily--in person or on the Internet--to everyone we judge to be at fault.

I recently witnessed the spirit of compassion. The road we live on curves before the front of our building. A crashing sound brought me to the window--a car had hit the back of another that had slowed for the flashing pedestrian crossing signal. I braced for rage. The woman from the first car walked to the driver who had hit her, a sobbing young woman. She just put her arms around her. The spirit of compassion doubled the blessing that no one was hurt.
- Patricia Livingston


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