Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Beautiful Compassion

You are the people of God; He loved you and chose you for His own. So then you must put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. ~Colossians 3:12

I will start my blog with a series based of this verse, focusing on compassion first. I'll call it the Chosen Series because you and me were specially chosen by God!

Compassion is essential for beauty, both inwardly and outwardly. 2 Kings 13:23 says "the LORD was gracious to them and had compassion and showed concern for them" Psalms 86:15 says "But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness." God is love, therefore compassion is a major part of love! The dictionary says that compassion is deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it. Sometimes God may use pain to make us more compassionate. Amy Grants says  "my experience is that people who have been through painful, difficult times are filled with compassion."

When one is cut off in traffic or the waiter or waitress was rude to them it is best for them to ask themself what would Jesus do, since He is the very essence of compassion. And after all, who knows what the rude person has gone through themselves? By all means, if you are not being served properly (such as at a restaurant or when returning an item to a store) it is your right to ask for better service. Compassion can be exercised by smiling and asking to speak with a supervisor if an employee is behaving badly.

A friend shared a story with me about how she bought a 12 pack box of coke. Her young daughter opened the box while it was resting on it's side on the table. The coke cans proceeded to spill out, hitting the floor and bursting open. She told me she could have yelled at her daughter but instead she just started to laugh! Though her and her daughter had to work to clean up the mess, compassion made a stressful situation into a cherished memory!


I am convinced that people who are compassionate are happier too! In the song Mighty to Save the first verse says "Everyone needs compassion" It is also important to have compassion for oneself as well! In fact, I think this is the most difficult part of putting compassion into work. When I do something embarrassing (such as tripping in front of people) I have to remind myself over and over again to have compassion for myself and to allow myself some grace. All people make boo boos. All of us have fallen short. But God loves us anyways! And if He will forgive us for our mistakes, we must forgive ourselves too! People are drawn to others who have compassion. I once read about how many times you meet someone who may not appear very attractive on the outside at first and then when you learn of their compassion and love they suddenly become so beautiful! This is very true. Compassion reveals itself inwardly and outwardly! The Compassion of Jesus is what makes us Princesses!

Revelation 7:17: "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes"

Praise God for compassion!


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