Word of the Day: Compassion “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

In a world where division and strife often prevail, compassion stands out as a shining light of hope and healing. The Scriptures urge us to emulate the compassion of Christ, by extending kindness, forgiveness, and love to all those around us. Let us be inspired to bring a positive change to the world, by embodying the values that can make a difference.

The Call to Compassion: The apostle Paul, writing to the Ephesians, exhorts believers to be “kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). This call to compassion is rooted in the selfless love of Christ, who demonstrated His compassion through acts of healing, mercy, and grace. As followers of Jesus, we are called to reflect His compassion in our words and actions, extending grace and forgiveness to those in need.

Compassion in Action: Compassion is more than just a feeling; it is a call to action. Jesus Himself demonstrated this truth through His ministry on earth, showing compassion to the marginalized, the oppressed, and the brokenhearted. He healed the sick, comforted the grieving, and welcomed the outcast with open arms. As His disciples, we are called to follow in His footsteps, embodying His compassion in our interactions with others.

The Power of Forgiveness: Central to the virtue of compassion is the act of forgiveness. Just as Christ forgave us, so too are we called to forgive others. The psalmist declares, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” (Psalm 103:8). When we extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us, we reflect the compassion and grace of our heavenly Father, experiencing healing and restoration in the process.

Compassion as a Witness: Our compassion towards others serves as a powerful witness to the love of Christ. The apostle John reminds us, “Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18). When we demonstrate compassion through acts of kindness, generosity, and forgiveness, we reveal the transformative power of God’s love to a world in need of hope and healing.

Reflection: Today, let us reflect on the call to compassion in our own lives. Are we extending kindness and forgiveness to those around us, reflecting the love of Christ in our interactions? Are there individuals in our lives who are in need of compassion and grace? May we seek to embody the compassion of Christ, allowing His love to flow through us to all we encounter.

Closing Thought: As we embrace the virtue of compassion, let us take heart in the promise of God’s faithfulness. The prophet Micah declares, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). In extending compassion to others, we fulfill God’s call to love mercy and walk humbly with Him, reflecting His love and grace to a world in need of His compassion.

Eric D Cooper
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