There is a world of people searching for answers. We are broken and in need of healing. Many find healing by looking to the Creator. For others there is a barrier that keeps the from even wanting to look to Him. Can we break those barriers down? I believe compassion is the key.
Jesus & Compassion
In the stories of Jesus we see Him doing good for all people. He would teach them, engage them and ultimately heal them. He was always aware of those around Him. He knew exactly what to say in hard situations. He was able to pinpoint the broken spot inside a person’s heart.
The driving force or the engine that moved Jesus in His life was compassion. The scripture shows over and over that “Jesus was moved with compassion” when He saw the people.
I always like to assume scripture is true when it says we were made in God’s image. If that is true, then the nature of God is in us—sometimes hidden, but still there. That means we also have the same compassion that moved Jesus, build in.
So the next question is, why don’t we see it? Why is compassion hidden from our eyes? There must be some walls or barriers that keep us from seeing people around us in the way He did.
Why so different?
I think back to times in my life where I specifically felt compassion for a person or a situation. I notice that in those times there was something that gripped me. Something about it I could relate to. I felt it. I saw it. I had been there before.
The opposite of compassion is indifference. When I look at a person that has made poor choices in an area that I navigated perfectly, I’m indifferent. I think to myself, “if you would just do this, then that wouldn’t happen. It’s simple!”
But is it really that simple?
I’m sinking to the easiest, lowest form of humanity by judging them. What I’m not taking into account is their upbringing, or neighborhood, or chemical balance or the lack of a balance. I’m judging them for reacting to a situation without realizing what may have contributed to their decisions.
Peace for you
We all want peace. We all want clean teeth (watch part 2.) We want to love people but we don’t know how. Judgementalism is a shiny vice.
When we are able to switch our response away from judgement, our hearts soften, we begin to open up internally, and we often experience feelings of calm, joy and optimism.
When we can look at people and have our hearts moved, this is powerful. It will push aside our insecurities and selfish desires. It will propel us to do good things for people—even people we don’t agree with.
Peace and wholeness on your journey!