The Human Factor

1 Peter 3:7  Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Notice that Peter tells us men to live in an understanding way. We are to try to understand our wives.

One of the differences between husbands and wives is that men want to be  understood and women want to be loved.

No problem on the surface.

It’s when we get to the differing definitions of what each perceives to be “understanding” or “love.”

One wit has said that men want to be loved a little and understood a lot. Women want to be loved a lot–but don’t try to understand them at all.

From the world’s point of view, we can laugh at that; but that is not God’s word to us.

Men are to live with their wives in an understanding way.

That takes effort. Maybe even lifelong effort.

We must understand the HUMAN factor in this equation, however.

Men are human–which is an accurate acronym for the situation.

Husbands Understand Mates Almost Never

Wives must also understand the human factor when they get frustrated with their husband’s seeming lack of concern.

Husband Understands Me Almost Never.

And there you have it–the human factor explained.

Compassion, the sequel

John 5:2-9 ~ Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

I mentioned in a previous post that there is a difference between human and divine compassion. This passage illustrates that point for us.

Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by suffering or misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the pain or remove its cause. (Random House Dictionary)

As compassionate humans, we want everyone to be healed. You’ve probably heard something along the lines of, “Whenever we all come into the fullness of the Spirit we will go into the hospitals and get everybody healed!! Glory to God!!”

While that may seem to be a noble desire, is it in line with the will of God?

Sure, there are verses that would seem to indicate that it is God’s will for all to be healed. Yet, we each know from our own experience that (if nothing else) we are not walking in that reality.

Could it be that our compassion is human-based?

I’m not saying that it is wrong to have compassion. It is a necessary feeling. But, I do believe that like everything else, there is something higher,  more valuable and beneficial, more powerful than human anything.

When any of our gifts, talents, abilities, emotions are infused with spiritual reality, they become more powerful than a simply human trait (John 15:5).

However, many in this day are wanting more than to simply have the Spirit join them in their endeavors. These are the ones who, like Jesus, desire to only say and do what they see their Father do. They want the genesis of their efforts to be in Him and Him alone; not any part from their own strength.

With that in mind, let’s look once again at the passage before us.

There were a multitude of sick people at the Pool of Bethesda. Jesus could have healed them all. He didn’t.

He walked up to the one whom the Spirit directed, and healed him.

That is divine compassion in operation. That is divine compassion without the human element messing things up.

It requires that we learn to be led by the Spirit, not by our desires or emotions (Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:14).

NOTE: Writing the possible ramifications of this would be entirely too controversial, because each of us is on a different plane. Let the Spirit speak to you about the truth, or lack thereof, of these thoughts.