17 Therefore, he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way. This was so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, in order to wipe away the sins of the people. 18 He’s able to help those who are being tempted, since he himself experienced suffering when he was tempted. – Hebrews 2: 17-18
Are we more likely to help someone who is like us? Someone from our own tribe? I think we are naturally more inclined to be compassionate towards people we identify with because we see them as “one of us”.
Jesus became one of us, as Hebrews 2 points out above, to better understand us and to be able to be even more merciful by knowing what it’s like to be us.
I’m being challenged by this today to get to know someone different from me, so that I might better understand them, to learn what we might have in common, so that I can be more merciful and compassionate. Sounds easy doesn’t it? The challenge is doing it.
Maybe this can be a challenge for you today. Find someone “different” from you, not from your “tribe”, and get to know them, understand them, and learn what you have in common.
Finding common ground leads us into compassion, and God knows we could use a lot more of it.
Prayer: Lord, by your example, let me walk a mile with another, someone different, let me learn to be compassionate to people who are not like me. Amen.