Posted on Sep 30, 2016 | 0 comments

COMPASSION – WHAT IS IT?

Many talk about having or not having compassionempathy…but when it comes down to the rubber meets the road – what exactly does it mean? How do we show compassion?

In the purest sense of the word, compassion is simply stepping out of your own box, removing the boundaries that you have set for yourself to keep your heart intact. You could actually switch out the word compassion…and use the word love.

When we can look at another and put aside our feelings, our emotions, our hurts and love another … simply because they are a child of the Most High God, that is when the greatest compassion takes place, the highest form of love.

Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

 

If we think about it, one can not say they love God  and not love their neighbor! If you say you love God and you do not reach out with compassion, with love, then your love of God needs to be examined.  In order to prove your love for God, people need to see the compassion, the love OF God come through you to them. Simply saying you ‘forgive’ someone and not walking that out, is a lie and that lie will be found out the next time you have to be in the same room together. We either take those first two commandments and learn how to live IN them, or we need to simply quit playing the game.

If we can not do the 2nd, then we are not doing the first.

Ask yourself: As we enter towards the day when the King is about ready to open the books, consider the last year and ponder on your actions, thoughts and words. Did you act or speak to your neighbor, to your friend, to the guy down the street with the LOVE OF GOD? Was there a traumatic situation that took place this year that could have been handled more godly? Or did you simply do a knee-jerk reaction and walk away?

Exercise for the day:  Take to heart one specific act or word that you could have handled with more of God’s love. Determine to take steps to retrace those steps and repair that which was broken. Stepping out in faith will free you to step forward.


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