Colossians 3:12 (NIV) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Food for thought: Most of us desire to be compassionate people, don’t we? But do we know what compassion really is? Let’s take a glimpse at a working definition of Compassion by Henri Nouwen who once wrote:
‘Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick fix for it. As busy, active, relevant. . . [people] we want to earn our bread by making a real contribution. This means first and foremost doing something to show that our presence makes a difference. And so we ignore our greatest gift, which is our ability to enter into solidarity with those who suffer.’
Showing compassion most of the time goes against our daily grind and our drive to achieve. It’s selfless, time consuming, and often not pleasant. But it’s one of those double blessing things, you’ll bless another with your act of compassion, and you’ll be blessed in the process. How do you display compassion to others?
Point to ponder “Often we have to do the things that are selfless to accomplish bringing Glory to God”; have a great day!
Pastor James Baker, Jr.