Choose compassion. Cancel cruelty.

Compassion wants to relieve suffering. Hatred wants to cause it. Anybody can hate, but it takes great courage to consistently show compassion.

Irritation sees people as a drain on your energy. Compassion sees them as an opportunity to show kindness.

We need more compassionate words; fewer combative words. Sincere compassion, shared with angry people, curtails their anger.

Everybody is somebody who matters and is worthy of your compassion! Nobody’s insignificant.

Because compassion feels another’s pain, it’s uncomfortable and too often avoided. Compassion requires courage!

Everyone has the ability to feel compassion. We can allow it to flow from our heart, or we can block it. A heart without compassion is a river without water.

The less you allow compassion to flow from your heart, the more hardhearted you become. When you let your heart out of its box, you’ll feel compassion for and connection with other people.

If you’re lonely, reach out and begin to show people compassion. Then your loneliness won’t last long.

Compassion happens when your heart connects with someone’s pain. Jesus was “moved with compassion.” Any form of Christianity that lacks compassion is counterfeit.

Check out my practical handbook about how to choose compassion and to cancel cruelty: Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind. Thank you.

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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 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 in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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