Ways to Practice Being Compassionate Like Jesus WouldMay 23, 2023
We're almost done with this week's episode of Developing a More Compassionate Mindset. Today's lessons are filled with practical tips and strategies you can use to be more mindful and compassionate every day.
It takes time to practice selfless behavior and understand the emotional component of others’ lives. It’s also important to seek out the support of others so they can better empathize with you and help you see opportunities to be more generous.
In the Christian faith, we are called to be people who demonstrate God's character. By doing good deeds and reaching out to others in love, we live up to this important command. Jesus’s heart is overflowed with compassion. He showed others what compassion looks like by feeding thousands of people in a park and he showed how powerful compassion can be when he was willing to die for us.
God wants us to be full of love, compassion and empathy. It's not always easy to do but it is essential. Practice living out of this heart when you see someone in need and be willing to go above and beyond what is expected.
Here are three ways you can practice to develop to be a compassionate person:
1) Be open to others’ perspectives. You may discover that they have a different way of looking at things that can help you see things in a new light. Being open to others is like being a sponge, always soaking up new things and experiences. You don't have to be the same person all the time, but you can't change who you are if you are closed off to new ideas and concepts.
Matthew 5:42 ''Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.''
Know that every person is different, and we should recognize that. No two people are the same. We all have our own path through life, but we can learn from one another’s experiences.
2) Learn to listen. It’s one of the most important skills in life, and it opens up endless possibilities for enriching your life and others. Compassion can be expressed in many ways, but it's not usually accompanied by a lot of words. The goal is to be present and attentive to others in a way that lets them know they are heard.
James 1:19 ''Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger''
The Lord’s command to be slow to anger is one that can be difficult to follow. However, when we are careful to listen and do not rush to respond in haste or criticize, we can show others that we respect them and their viewpoint.
3) Involve yourself. It’s important to recognize how our actions can impact others. One of the ways we help people like you become that is by connecting them with others of different backgrounds so they can learn from one another.
Galatians 6:9-10 ''And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.''
Be an agent for change in your community and the world around you. Be a light to all who need it, especially those who are lost and hurting.
A little compassion goes a long way. Let's live our faith even when it feels inconvenient.
There are so many ways to share Christ's love with others. You don't need to be a pastor or priest. Just look for opportunities to give and share, and the best part is you'll feel the love of God again!
Here is the link from the previous blog series: https://www.youministries.com/blog/How-Gods-Compassion-For-Others-Can-Help-You-Be-More-Compassionate
Here is the link for the next series:https://www.youministries.com/blog/ACompassionateChristianLifestyle
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