Compassion: A Little Goes a Long Way

compassion

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

 

It can be difficult to live up to Paul’s command found here in Ephesians 4:32.  The verse doesn’t come with an escape clause, even though most of us wish it did.  It says to be kind and compassionate and to forgive, but makes no mention of expecting others to return the favor.  We should forgive others as God has forgiven each of us.

Frederick Buechner once said, “Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin.  It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you, too.”

Growing up, we did not have a lot of money.  I also spent 9 years in college, so I have a good understanding of what it means to be poor and to just have enough money to get by.  On the other hand, I have run into so many people who have even less money than I did going through those years.  Despite being poor, there was always enough money for all my basic needs to be met.  God was very good to me and always gave me enough to fulfill my needs.  Unfortunately, this has not been the case for some of the people I have met, especially since 2009 when I really stepped over the faith line.  When I have been around these people, I have done what I can to help these people out.  I have tried my best to live out Paul’s command of being kind and compassionate to all those around me in need.

When I think about what it means to be compassionate, I think about them and the many others in similar situations.  Helping others is one of the most basic Christian tenets.  We, as believers, need to always be ready to give someone a hand, whether it is simply a pat on the back or something more substantial.  You’ll never know what it might mean to others.

As we think about the word compassion, I want us to ask ourselves two questions:

  1. What does the word compassion mean to you?
  2. Why is it important for Christians to show compassion for others?

Compassion can be expressed in so many ways.  The act of compassion can be the very simplest thing that requires no money and almost none of your time.  Everyone has their own way of showing compassion and how is not as important as doing it.

I think that, as Christians, it is especially important to show compassion to others.  We should feel this need because God showed us a level of compassion that we can’t come close to repaying.  Showing compassion is an extension that grows out of our intimate relationship and love for God.  We should show compassion out of thankfulness rather than out of obligation.

Lord, Your compassion for us is greater than we can fathom.  Help us to always be thankful for your grace and Your gift of salvation and to reflect Your compassion to those around us.

 

 

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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