Original post June 8, 2019. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Judges 2:18 – For the Lord had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Webster says that compassion is a noun and defines it as the sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk, however, asserts that “compassion is a verb.” As such, it is not merely a desire to alleviate another’s distress (“those who are oppressed and afflicted“), but actually taking action to do what we can to alleviate it.
But God demonstrates his own love [compassion] for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV 1984) This was the ultimate expression of compassion.
My Advice – Let’s do what we can to “pay it forward.” While it is a rare event when someone is called upon to give…
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