I felt God impress me with the word compassion in prayer yesterday. What exactly is compassion?
According to Google, it means to show pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
Joan Halifax, a speaker at a ted talk, put it this way. Everyone has the seeds of compassion in them. To activate the seeds (or to water them) it takes a time of suffering.
Studies show compassion strengthens our immune system. Rather than the idea of it draining us, it gives us energy.
Compassion is contagious. It makes us feel good.
Jesus taught us to love people. How? How do we truly love people? We show compassion.
The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is compassionate.
We use the times where we suffer and turn it around to care for someone else. To have pity. To put ourselves in that persons shoes.
My mother was suffering from cancer. I had compassion on her then. Now years later, I can show compassion to people who are going through the same tragic loss I had to endure.
Without compassion this world would be much worse. With compassion this world is much greater.
God reached out to us with compassion. It’s up to us to grasp and hold on to Him tightly, accepting his loving-kindness and then pay it forward.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Thanks for reading. Show compassion today! -Tonya