By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12
There have been many, many times in my life when I have been sick, or sad or hurting and needed someone to show me compassion. I needed a light to shine in the darkness and I needed to feel it’s warmth in my soul. I have been so deeply blessed by a tender hug, an encouraging word or a helping hand extended out of love. God calls us to show compassion. Sympathy, tenderness, empathy, sensitivity and kindness to those who are hurting and in need.
Compassion is kindness at work and love in action. God comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. He is the healer of the brokenhearted. He is the one who bandages our wounds. He is faithful and good and never fails to comfort us when the trials of life seem so hard to endure alone.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
The bible tells us that when Jesus came to earth, He was moved with compassion. And immediately He acted to relieve the suffering. As Christians, we need to show compassion every day. Ask God to help you see others as He sees them and to give you a heart of compassion for those who may not have a relationship with Him. There is no better way to show the love of Jesus then by having a heart for compassion.
“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8