Psalm 86:15 "But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth."
I've been thinking on this thing of compassion. Compassion was once described by a preacher as "love in action". Webster's dictionary defines compassion as "sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it". We need to ask ourselves if we demonstrate this in our own lives. Do we demonstrate compassion with our spouse? How about with our children? How about other Christians? We definitely need to demonstrate it with sinners.
Do you think we are demonstrating compassion when we are taking a stand for something. I believe we can...and I believe we should. Have I always demonstrated compassion when I've dealt with others? To my shame no I haven't. There have been times when I was so passionate about what I was speaking about that I did not show compassion to whom I was speaking.
Let me ask you this...do we get our point of where we stand on something across better if we show compassion for what we stand for and compassion for the person we're dealing with on that issue or do we get it across better if we are rude and seemingly hateful? I think if we show compassion we will be received better. There are those who think they have to be rude and hateful with the words they choose in order to get their point across.
We need to let the love of Christ flow through us in our dealings with others. I don't care who you are or where you're from....the same Holy Spirit lives in each child of God. If we are dealing with others in the Spirit we will deal with them in love because God is love. The problem is that too many of us...yes me included at times...respond or deal with others in the flesh and pass it off as being in the Spirit when it isn't. We need to be cautious how we word things and what we say. Proverbs 15:1 "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." We can say the right things with the wrong attitude just as we can have the right attitude and say the wrong thing. We get nothing accomplished except destroying our testimony if we don't handle all things in the Spirit and with compassion.
So the next time you go to say something...although you may be right in saying it...choose your words carefully and use a Christ-like attitude. You'll be amazed at the difference in the results.