How God's Compassion For Others Can Help You Be More CompassionateMay 17, 2023
As we head into this week, let’s all reflect on what it means to have a more compassionate heart and how we can learn from God's experience at being a compassionate Father.
Have you ever struggled with being compassionate? Do you find it hard to leave a judgmental or pessimistic heart behind and replace it with an attitude of compassion?
In today’s digital world we see a lot of disturbing and troubling things like wars, poverty and injustice. The beauty of compassion is that it doesn't require a lot of effort. Love others, and it will come naturally. It's simply a turning inward to see everyone as equal parts beautiful and imperfect.
When we love and serve the people God has placed in our lives, we open up our hearts to receive more of His love and compassion. The true joy of giving and receiving comes from the law of love. We are not only loving our friends, but also loving God when we help others.
A caring and friendly heart is one of the most beautiful things we can offer to others.
When Jesus was born into the world. he wasn’t just a baby, he had a purpose. He was there to show compassion to us and us to him so we could be like him. We are called to be compassionate and loving towards others, but also we must be kind, humble and patient in our relationships.
Being compassionate is what makes us human. It doesn't mean you're a do-gooder or that you have to be a saint—it just means that you're looking out for someone else's well-being and it feels good when they know it.
Colossians 3:12, ‘’ Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.’’
Being compassionate doesn't always mean going out of your way to help someone. It means seeing the good in others, even when they don't show it back to you.
Compassion doesn't just make us more comfortable in other people's shoes—it makes us better people.
Compassion is the secret sauce that makes us better people, and helps us break through the barriers of fear, pain, and even sadness. One quick sample is the Good Samaritan. The good Samaritan was a man who came to the aid of those in need. He didn't look down on them, or with hate and contempt. Instead, he showed compassion by helping them at this time of need, not just for himself but for others as well.
Psalm 116:5, ‘’ Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.’’
God created us to be full of compassion and love for others. That’s why we should always remember that every person has a story. Our actions have the potential to change someone’s life, so let’s use that potential well by being compassionate and kind to everyone around us.
Be compassionate by praying for others.
Praying for others is one of the greatest acts of kindness and compassion we can perform. It's a step toward peace and understanding, no matter how small.
Praying is a form of communication that allows us to connect with others, without speaking. It is a powerful way for us to bear one another's burdens. When you see someone hurting and know that you can't heal them, pray for them. God will bless your efforts.
Lamentations 3:22-23, ‘’ The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’’
Our lives are filled with opportunities to serve others and we should embrace as many of them as possible.
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