What have we done to compassion? As Christians we are to be caring, compassionate people. Too often, however, we find ourselves behaving as the Pharisees did in the time of Jesus: we care more for traditions than for people. Sure, we are quick to sympathize at the death of a loved one. We will empathize when someone is going through a tough patch. These are not the same as compassion. Compassion literally means to “suffer together.” When we have compassion, when we suffer together with someone, we are filled with a desire to remove the cause of the suffering. At least we would be, if we allowed ourselves to feel true compassion. How often have we been critical when we should be listening, truly listening? How quick are we to tell others how to live their lives when we don’t have our own lives under control? How many times have we tried to remove the speck from our brother’s eyes and never tried to remove the beam from our own? If God has forgiven, then who do we think we are to continue to punish? Have we ever made it harder to be a member of a local congregation than God has made it to go to Heaven? Yes, we are to love God more than Man; however this does not mean we are to stop loving each other in order to love God. Too often we act as if we only have a limited quantity of love and we have to choose whether we love God or anything or anyone else. The truth is far from this concept. The more we love God, the more we should love each other, especially those we call brothers and sisters. The scriptures are clear that we are to love each other, bear each other’s burdens, pray for each other, and even love our enemies. If what we call “love” does not have true compassion (suffering together) involved, then how can it possibly be love? – George V. Stewart 2014
“. . . clothe yourselves with compassion . . .” Colossians 3:12
Scripture of the Week
1 Corinthians 1:18-19: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: „I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.‟”
Something to Smile About
• All my life I thought air was free…until I bought a bag of chips.
• Never laugh at your spouse’s choices….YOU are one of them.
• Oh! I offend you with my opinion? You should hear the ones I keep to myself!
• Okay, so you are 10 years old, you have a laptop, iPod, Facebook and a blackberry….When I was 10, I only had one thing to play with….it was called “OUTSIDE.”
• People write congrats because they can’t spell congrajlashins.
Think About It
“Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.” — Benjamin Franklin
“Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.” — Henry Ward Beecher
“There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend gives, and that a man gives himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man’s self.” — Francis Bacon
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” — Helen Keller
“The strength of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going in that way too.” — Henry Ward Beecher
“Through the dark and stormy night
Faith beholds a feeble light,
Up the blackness streaking;
Knowing God’s own time is best,
In a patient hope I rest
For the full day-breaking!”
— John Greenleaf Whittier