God of Compassion and Mercy
"But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Look down and have mercy on me." - Psalm 86:15-16a
I struggle many times with the appropriate way to show compassion. Take, for instance, a homeless man on the corner. Do I take him for a meal? Do I give him money? Do I stop to pray with him? In all of this, I want to simply acknowledge him and show compassion for him, because he is a fellow human being who is struggling.
Compassion is defined as "sorrow for the sufferings of another accompanied with a desire to help." This seems easy, but in today's society, oftentime is lacking. We are moving so fast that in our dealings with others, we don’t take the time to pay attention to them. We are largely "self" driven, looking out for ourselves and not considering others.
How does one show compassion? It can be as simple as offering a smile of understanding, wishing that homeless person a good day even if we cannot help with money. It occurs with the words, "How can I help?" It happens when we get out of ourselves and consider others and their plight. It is the show of sincere sympathy,understanding and love.
How do you show compassion in your life?