Love or Compassion?

God is waiting to show you the way.

God is waiting to show you the way.

32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.–Luke 6: 32-36 (NLT)
What is compassion? Is it not just love? I once heard a preacher give this comparison of love and compassion. If you are watching your toddler try to climb upon a sofa and he fails repeatedly, love says to to help him. Compassion says to let him keeping trying until he succeeds. So, compassion comes from a deeper place than love. Love, like sympathy, leads us to feel sorry for someone else’s misfortunes. Compassion is more like empathy. It gives us the ability to understand and, yes, even to share the feelings of another person. I can sympathize with others, but I really need to work on “emphasizing”. So, compassion must be at least a two headed entity. I could watch as my children tried and tried until they succeeded. But I have problems “weeping with those who weep” Romans 12:15. I want to learn to be compassionate because Jesus says we must be compassionate. Pray that I will let God’s Spirit do that work in me.
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