To Have A Servant's Heart - Part 2

The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. Psalms 145:8 (NKJV)

We are looking at a devotional series titled, To Have a Servant's Heart. In Part 2 we are going to begin to look at eight qualities we must possess to have a true servant's heart. Our part is to put on these qualities just like we would put on our clothing daily. The apostle Paul outlines these qualities in Colossians 3:12-14. 

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. Colossians 3:12-14 (NKJV)

So the first quality we are to “put on” is:

1.            Tender mercies

The Greek word for “mercies” used here in this scripture is, Oiktirmos. It means we have a deep, gut-level feeling of compassion—a heart of compassion. We can see how Jesus demonstrated this type of compassion in Matthew 9:36.

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)

When we look upon others it is important for us to consider the mental, physical, and spiritual state or condition they are in. We shouldn’t have a judgmental or pious attitude. Instead, we should look to their needs as if they are our own needs, and then purpose within our heart to have an agape love towards them. We need to remember agape love is centered on the needs and welfare of the one being loved. It is willing to pay whatever personal price necessary to meet those needs and foster the welfare of the person.

We can possess this type of love only when we purpose in our heart to love others in the same way God first loved us. It is a love that’s origin is God and its power is from God—the Holy Spirit. It’s important for us to remember, God didn’t wait for us to be cleaned up before He started to love us.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

I often reflect on Ephesians 5:1, where we are told to be "Imitators of God.” Loving others is the greatest imitation we can possibly possess and demonstrate.

Psalm 145:8 tells us, The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy, and we should reflect this attitude as we serve others.

I want to encourage you today to choose to have a heart of compassion by putting on "Tender Mercies.”

STUDY QUESTION: What attributes do we see God demonstrating in the scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you imitating God by being full of compassion?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to show you any area where you are not being compassionate. Ask him to help you to love others in the same way He does.  

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your love, compassion, mercy, and love for me. Help me to see others as You do Lord, and give me the ability to Agape them in the same way You have done to me. I need more of You today Lord—help me. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott





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