Compassion and Kindness
"Be kind and compassionate [tenderhearted] to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."1
Michael Josephson of Character Counts shared how he "once read of a man on a subway with two young children who were being loud and unruly. The man seemed to ignore their behavior, so a fed-up passenger confronted him: 'Sir, don't you see how your children are disturbing everyone? How can you be so thoughtless?'
"The man sobbed, 'I'm so sorry. Their mom just died and I've been thinking of how we'll live without her.' In an instant the critic's self-righteousness turned to self-condemnation.
"Why is it that so many of us have to be hit over the head before we turn on our caring and empathy buttons?
"The next time you have the choice between being right and being kind, choose kindness."2
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me an understanding and compassionate heart so that I will always be kind when what is needed is understanding and kindness so that I will be 'more and more like Jesus in every way.' Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV).
2. Michael Josephson, Character Counts, "Being Right or Being Kind." (533.5) www.charactercounts.org