It's February so I usually write about love. My blog, Enduring Love, from last February was a big hit. There were many wonderful comments posted by my readers and I am still getting them for that particular blog. I am very thankful for your comments.
In order to really understand the scope of words sometimes I like to define them and pick them apart. It's similar to getting every last cookie crumb out of the cookie jar. I want to find all the richness in words so when I use them they color and flavor my writing even more.
For compassion I want to start with sympathy: harmony of or agreement in feeling, as between persons or on the part of one person with respect to another; feelings of favor, support or loyalty; feelings or impulses of compassion.
Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another.
Compassionate: having or showing compassion
Love: a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person; a feeling of warm personal attachment
When we talk of compassionate love, then we are talking about a strong bond with another person. This bond enables us to respect, support and sympathize with a deep commitment of emotion and affection that motivates us into selfless acts of love. Compassionate love in my opinion is true love. It is the same kind of love God has for us and freely gives as we choose to accept it. This kind of love could be with your spouse, your children, your parents or your best friend. It is that; I will stick with you, help you, support you and tenderly care for you kind of love. I believe deep down inside, that this is the kind of love most of us desire.
When this type of love is mutual between two people, it is truly a gift from God. When we have this type of relationship with the Lord, our whole life has richness and meaning. His compassionate love is in the grace he offers to mankind. When we accept His grace then we have the ability to express and feel real love. A person that has the ability to love compassionately changes the world in amazing ways by the way they profoundly affect the people around them.
If you ever thought that you could not make a difference, think again. For every person’s life you enrich with love, and for every act of kindness and compassion you demonstrate, l truly believe that you change the future for the better. You not only change it for that person, but for people you will never know. It is the very essence of this beautiful song that we use to sing years ago.
Pass It On, by Kurt Kaiser
It only takes a spark to get a fire going
and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.
That’s how it is with God’s love once you’ve experienced it
you spread his love to everyone,
you want to pass it on.
I found a few scriptures on compassion and love that I would like to share.
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
I John 4:8 who ever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
This year I want to give more of my time showing love to others. I want to listen to them and not just talk to them. I want to show more support and help where I can. I want to ask the Lord to help me forgive those that have messed up. We all mess up and want someone to forgive us! I want to show compassion not just for the grieving but for the ill and those struggling with issues. I want to be the kind of person that I always wanted to find in someone else.
May you pass out selfless acts of love like candy and compassion with the sweetness of roses. May your Valentine love live on in the people you embrace with your heart and touch with your kindness, because compassionate love is what the world needs now.
Have a wonderful February and a Very Happy Valentine’s Day
Author of "How To Clean Up Your Stinking Thinking One Day At A Time" home page of sallystierhoff.com
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.