Does Kindness and Compassion Exist?
The Bible is undeniably saturated with compassion. It was because of God’s love and compassion that we have been given life. His amazing grace and compassion for us – all people – never fails!
Compassion alludes to kindness and sympathy, but there is something deeper, something even more profoundly powerful, in its meaning.
The origin of the word helps us grasp the true breadth and depth of compassion. Compassion means someone else’s heartbreak becomes your heartbreak. Another’s suffering becomes your suffering. True compassion changes the way we live and act. Compassion is derived from the “Golden Rule.” No matter your race, creed, origin, or status, we can all benefit from, and show, compassion. Simply, “treat me the way you want to be treated.” I am thankful for daily renewed mercies and compassion from the Creator of all things. Likewise, we need kindness and compassion for each other.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. – 1 Peter 3:8
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience… Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you. — Ephesians 4:32.
I ask myself, “what will become of humanity, if we chose not to show compassion and kindness?” After all, it is a choice… I believe that when we show true compassion, we can make vast positive differences in the world. When there is a lack of compassion and willingness to understand, there is a sense of hurt, disconnect, and a longing for love and acceptance. This ultimately appears in a physical form of destructive behavior, including hatred, and vehemence .
In essence, we have a choice. Let’s choose to show compassion by: starting with the man in the mirror, agree to disagree, demonstrate acceptance, be an active-listener, think about the welfare of others, put yourself in the place of others, respect, stand up for others, and show empathy. All of these are daily living skills that we are teaching our children, right? Right!
Out of everything we can do in the world, let’s be KIND. It’s free… but, the reward is priceless.
We have a “Golden Responsibility” to demonstrate kindness in such a way that it heals, forgives, strengthens, binds together, and encourages others. So, to answer my original question, I believe that kindness and compassion, can and does exist, because of you and me…