Friday, October 2, 2015

October 3,2015

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:7-12

Showing respect is an essential component of living by the Golden Rule by virtue of the fact everyone wants to be respected so they must show respect toward others.

Raising Home Run Kids demands teaching them how to show respect to other people.

Showing respect is a second base issue.

A second component of the Golden Rule is showing compassion. Showing compassion involves doing intentional acts of kindness. That just happens to be a key component of our outreach efforts at FredWes.

Let me share a couple of real good reasons why compassion is essential in the Home Run Life.

The first good reason is Jesus showed compassion. What Jesus did better than anyone else was embrace people without embracing their values. We used to call it loving the sinner but hating the sin. It is very effective if you can do it. Jesus could do it!

One example is the woman taken in adultery. He rescued her from her accusers and he forgave her but made it clear to her she would have to change her ways. All the evidence indicates she did.

And then there was the woman at the well. She had a sordid past and a complicated life. She possessed a thirst nothing could satisfy. Jesus befriended her and made her a better offer. She could turn from her sin and He would give her water that would satisfy her thirst forever. She did and He did. She changed and changed her city.

Jesus knew how to show compassion. He calls you to do it, too.

The second good reason for showing compassion is because you need compassion. Again, the Golden Rule reminds us that we do for others as we want for ourselves.

In a world largely devoid of faith and confused about morals, kindness still translates into compassion. Loving people to life is an effective way to touch people with faith.

Showing compassion is a second base issue but it won’t happen unless you are connected at home and winning at first.