From Compassion to Salvation [Part 1]

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion..." Colossians 3:12

I approached Charles and asked what was wrong with his foot. He removed the bandage and showed me the infected sore.

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. "Do you believe in Jesus?", I asked.
   "Yes.", Charles replied.
 "Do you believe that Jesus can heal you?"
   "Yes.", Charles said again.
 "Can I pray for you?"
   "Yes."

But before I prayed, I thought to ask Charles about his parents. I learned that Charles lost his mother a few years ago in an accident in Port-au-Prince (Haiti's capital city). This tore a wound in Charles' young heart that had yet to heal.

I told Charles that Jesus to wanted take his pain and replace it with joy. I put my hand on his heart and prayed for Jesus to do just that. Then I asked how he felt.

With a big smile on his face, Charles said, "I feel good!"
   "Wonderful!", I exclaimed.
   "Now let's pray for your foot."

I asked Charles on a scale of 1 to 10, how bad his pain was. He said it was a 10. Immediately, I laid hands on his foot and began praying.

When I finished praying, I asked Charles how it felt. He said it felt better, but the pain had shifted to his knee and his side. I prayed again, this time commanding any afflicting spirits to leave Charles in Jesus name.

Again, I asked Charles how he felt. With an even bigger smile on his face, he said that all of his pain was gone! I told Charles that Jesus loves him very much, and that He could pray to Jesus anytime for healing and for help.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion...
— Colossians 3:12

In this moment, in the midst of a very difficult set of life circumstances, Charles encountered the compassion of Christ. And what did it take? A few minutes to acknowledge him, listen to him, and a simple prayer.

I have learned that compassion is not necessarily difficult, but can be as easy as putting on my clothes. And just like I must choose which shirt to wear, I must intentionally choose to put on compassion. 

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About Mike

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Mike is a Rock Ambassador serving in Jérémie, Grand'Anse, Haiti. He is part of a dynamic discipleship team that is raising up a generation of world changers in Jérémie. His passion is teaching God's word and equipping others to do the same. He holds a computer engineering degree from the University of California, San Diego and is a graduate from the IMPACT195 School of Ministry.