Saturday, February 27, 2010

So, there's this little thing I like to call compassion...

~a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.~

What do we think of when we hear the word compassion?

I know that I think of helping people and being there for them during their struggles and being a good listener. But is there more than that? It compassion always easy? Could it be that we should show compassion towards others even when we know with all of our soul that they are wrong or that they have wronged us?

Why is it easier to show compassion to a complete stranger than to someone we care deeply for sometimes?

Is it possible to be too kind, or too loving or too compassionate towards those who have wronged us?

How do we find the answer? Easy.


How many times did Jesus love when it was it easy? How many times did he forgive when it seemed impossible? How many people spat in his face while he still showed kindness?

Should we not be daily showing this to all people? Especially those within the body of Christ should be an example to those outside by loving, kindness, and compassion towards one another. Even in the face of adversity.

This is something that I've been struggling with lately. It's not easy, but no one ever said it would be. So cliche right? But oh so true.

"I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of kindness and compassion."
William Falconer

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