Compassion for the Wicked

Day 22

“This is the fate of those who are foolishly confident…like sheep they are appointed for Sheol (the place of the dead); death shall be their shepherd.”

“…though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish,they are doomed to be destroyed forever.”

– Psalms 49:13-14 & Psalms 92:7

Compassion: To recognize the suffering of others, then take action to help.

With the abundance of worldliness around us, it’s not uncommon to be tempted to quick judgment of individuals that cross our paths. However, we must remember it is not necessarily the individuals that are appointed for hell or doomed to be destroyed, but rather those who continually associate themselves with wickedness or foolish confidence. Those individuals can also decide to turn from that wickedness to Christ, and so remove themselves from their appointed spiritual deaths.

During one of his special services at Harvest, Ted Shuttlesworth pointed out how some of Jesus’ greatest miracles were driven by His compassion for the people. Jesus saw the state of their suffering and felt their anguish from the sin in their lives and on this Earth, then He reached out by the power of God to perform massive crowd healings. We must not disown the unsaved due to their behavior or way of thinking. Instead, we should allow compassion for them to replace judgment in our hearts, because we know about their appointed spiritual deaths if they continue on their path. Also, as believers, we have first-hand experience with the contrast between living in the inner soul peace of God and the inner turmoil of sin.

Many of us are well-acquainted with that inner turmoil that results from living in sin, whereas the unsaved may not know the difference. Remember your sense of emptiness when you would spend your time pursuing vanity instead of godliness, and in doing so, remember that is the same feeling every man and woman has who still pursues the former, only in their minds that’s as good as it gets.

For this reason the Bible also says, “Be not afraid when [an ungodly] one is made rich, when the wealth and glory of his house are increased; For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not descend after him” (Psalms 49:16-17 AMPC).

So we have compassion for the unsaved, whether rich or poor, because they have invested all their time and energy, their entire lives in fact, and yet they have nothing.

What people in your life have you found yourself lacking compassion for? Who could you have compassion for that you know is afflicted by the inner turmoil of sin? Write one or a few names down and start praying the below prayer with them in mind.

“Jesus, this world is suffering without You. Give me the same kind of compassion that You have for the hurting and broken. Guide me into acts of compassion for the people in my life so they can see the immense love You have for them.”

Pursue your purpose in Him,

Anthony B.