Feel for Others
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. – Colossians 3:12-13 (MSG)
Compassion involves a lot of feelings, including heartfelt sympathy and sorrow for someone who is in pain or has experienced misfortune. If a neighbor or friend comes to you and confides that their spouse has just left them, their marriage is in trouble, or they don’t know what to do with their rebellious child, how will you act? Will you start giving them the second degree and ask them to list all the mistakes they made that led to this situation? Or listen quietly and try to encourage them that hope is not lost?
In My word, the Bible, I regular talk about the need for compassion. When I created this world, I gave people free will. It is up to them to choose to do right or wrong. A lot of people make bad choices. That’s why they need help when they stumble, someone mistreats them, or someone else takes advantage of their mistakes for personal profit.
I see what goes on in the world. I know there is unrest, chaos, and misfortune. Sometimes desperate people take desperate action. That’s where you can come in. A kind word, a listening ear, a helping hand or a personal gift are all it takes to relieve someone’s pain and give them hope. When you show My love by sympathizing with someone who is suffering, you may literally save their life.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
Note: Samaritans were a mixed-race people who were shunned by Jews. Yet in the story Jesus told, a Samaritan helped a Jew while a priest and a temple assistant passed by the robbery victim. Why do you think Jesus used this kind of illustration? What does this say to you about your need to be kind and considerate towards your neighbors?