Choosing Compassion
hi there and welcome to today's edition of Our Daily Bread reading is titled choosing compassion and it was written by Karen pimpo
 a five-minute Montage of snow related mishaps was essential piece 21 episode of a TV show
 home videos of people skiing off rooftops crashing into objects while tubing and slipping on ice brought laughter and Applause from the studio audience and people watching at home
 the laughter seemed to be loudest when it appeared that the people who wiped out deserved it because of their own foolish Behavior
 funny home videos aren't a bad thing but they can reveal something about ourselves we can be prone to laugh at or take advantage of the hardships of others
 one such story is recorded in Obadiah about two rival Nations Israel and Edom
 when God saw fit to punish Israel for their sin Edom rejoiced they took advantage of the Israelites looted their cities awarded their escape and supported their enemies a word of warning came to the prophet Obadiah to eat them you should not gloat over your brother in the day of his Misfortune for the day of the Lord is near for all nations when we see the challenges or suffering of others even if it seems they brought it upon themselves we must choose compassion over Pride not in a position to judge others only God can do that
 the kingdom of this world belongs to him he alone holds the power of justice and mercy
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Obadiah chapter 1 verses 8 through 15
 in that day declares the Lord will I not destroy the wise men of Edom those of understanding in the mountains of Esau your Warriors team in will be terrified and everyone and Esau's Mountains will be cut down in the slaughter because of the violence against your brother Jacob you will be covered with shame you'll be destroyed Forever on the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners enter his Gates and cast lots for Jerusalem you were like one of them
 you should not gloat over your brother in the day of his Misfortune Norwood Joyce over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction nor both so much in the day of your trouble you should not March to the gates of my people in the day of their disaster no gloat over them and their Calamity in the day of their disaster nor cease their wealth in the day of their disaster you should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble the day of the Lord is near for all nations as you have done it will be done to you your deeds will return upon your own head
let's pray
 merciful God forgive us for our tendency to feel like we're better than others and forgive us when we stand in judgement over them
 developing us hearts of pure love and compassion and help us to reach out to help them even when it seems to us that they are deserving of what they are experiencing thank you Lord It's in Jesus name we pray amen
 thanks for listening today my name is Tony Collier and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries