SUMMER OF GOD’S LOVE: COMPASSION
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12-13
COMPASSION: The quality of showing kindness or favor, of being gracious, or of having pity or mercy. In the Bible, God is described as being like a compassionate father to those who revere him (Ps 103:13). In scriptural usage compassion is always both a feeling and the appropriate action based on that feeling (Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible)
3 THOUGHTS ABOUT COMPASSION:
I. GOD = COMPASSION (IT IS A DIVINE CHARACTERISTIC).
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 34:4-6, Lam 3:19-26, Psalms 145:8-9
II. JESUS CLARIFIED COMPASSION.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 9:36; Matthew 14:14, Luke 19:41, Romans 5:8
III. CHRISTIANS ARE THE CONNECTION POINT TO COMPASSION.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Ephesians 4:32, 1 Peter 3:8
7 WAYS THAT YOU CAN SHOW MORE COMPASSION TOWARD OTHERS…
1. ACCEPT DISAGREEMENTS AND DIFFERING OPINIONS
2. ACTIVE LISTENING
3. EMPATHIZE WITH OTHERS
4. VOLUNTEER FOR A GREATER PURPOSE.
5. DEMONSTRATE ACCEPTANCE.
6. PRACTICE ACTS OF KINDNESS.
7. COMMIT TO A MORNING RITUAL OF GRATITUDE.
“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.
~ Henri Nouwen
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