"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.
. "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?"
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.
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.