More compassion would make a better & more peaceful world

Compassionate thoughts and feelings come from God. If you follow them, they will lead you to Him. A lack of compassion for others frequently cause us to get distracted by and entangled with self. Life is better when we choose compassion, when we continually learn to cultivate it, not to curb it,

To have compassion is to be aware of other people’s pain and to want to help ease it. Compassion is to feel the distress of others, so strongly in your own heart, that easing their suffering becomes important to you. Compassion cuts thru unkindness and replaces it with deep concern and caring.

Indifference allows cruelty. Compassion dispels it. Practice compassion by allowing yourself to see people with your heart open to genuine concern and caring for them and for their needs.

When we’re deeply hurting, we need compassion and appreciate those who show it to us (whether or not we like or agree with them). It’s hard being a human. Show some kindness and compassion to struggling people.

Every time we refuse to feel and show compassion, we harden our heart. Blame blocks compassion. It’s popular to verbally “put others in their place,” however, to understand others, you need to put yourself in their place. Unkindness toward others typically reduces their kindness toward you.

We can’t blame and show compassion at the same time. The desire to control others will also cut off your compassion for them.

Too often we see compassion as a fleeting emotion, but Jesus calls us to a lifestyle of compassion. True greatness is to be filled with compassion. The goal of Christian compassion is to show and connect people with the love and healing of the living Jesus Christ.

When you have compassion for people, you can’t bear to inflict more pain on them, but instead you want to help relieve their hurts. Compassion is an important part of joy.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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