Day 20: Compassion

Day 20: Compassion

Compassion is a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

When I have the capacity to forgive, I am able to see the forest for the trees. I can be used for His glory to alleviate suffering. Sometimes when I’m speaking with someone and they share their burden, I let them know that Jesus already has forgiven them. They are now free from the chains of judgment, guilt and overwhelming pain.

Forgiveness makes room enough in my heart to be an encouragement, see things that no one else sees, and provide shoulders to cry on, a hand to hold and arms to hug.

These days my brand of compassion is giving cash whenever I run into a homeless person. The other is this blog. The sole purpose of this blog is purely selfish. I write because I don’t want to kill people. I want to heal from what and who ails me. I also know others are in the same boat. This blog is my way of giving back.

God helps those who help themselves and others. When I see a homeless person and I have no cash I pray for them. It’s a tool in my arsenal that costs me nothing except time and a little piece of my heart.

As I give I also receive. I choose forgiveness so I can in-turn forgive others from the bottom of my heart. That is true compassion.

Points to Ponder
How have you experienced compassion? How often do you encourage the discouraged? What can you do to increase compassion in your life?

Posts in this series
Day 1: Pushing past the pain
Day 2: Stop feeling anger
Day 3: The Lord’s Prayer
Day 4: Detachment
Day 5: Grant a pardon
Day 6: Mercy
Day 7: Release
Day 8: Yield
Day 9: Give up resentment
Day 10: Sacrifice
Day 11: Ascribe
Day 12: Surrender
Day 13: No shame, no blame
Day 14: Awareness
Day 15: Acceptance
Day 16: Action
Day 17: Pain is growth
Day 18: Grace
Day 19: Emotional and spiritual maturity
Day 20: Compassion
Day 21: Don’t give up
Day 22: The house Love built
Day 23: Let the healing begin
Day 24: Freedom
Day 25: Trust God
Day 26: Believe
Day 27: Think positive
Day 28: Restoration
Day 29: My family legacy
Day 30: It’s worth it
Podcast: A little background on Forgiveness series

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