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Compassion moves hearts
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”-Matthew 9:36
Compassion is attractive
What do you do when someone you love and care about decides to quit? It does not even matter so much what they quit from, it is the fact that they quit which has caught you off guard.
Consider the perspective of renowned American footballer Tom Brady as reported by Pro Football Talk: “We all love him and care about him deeply . . . I think everyone should be compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things.”
These words were uttered in the aftermath of the sudden departure of Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Antonio Brown in the middle of a game in America’s National Football League (NFL) recently. Yes, Brown walked away from his teammates, club, and likely, his job, while a match was in progress.
Many are still speculating as to the catalyst for such abruptness. Yet, amid the bewilderment and understandable scrutiny, one sports leader has called for compassion and empathy. This is the language of love and mercy, not judgment.
In New Testament times, Jesus was known for his compassion. Jesus saw myriad needs and responded. He wept, fed others, healed diseases and was constantly in prayer. His way of life and ministry were exemplary.
Compassion draws others to you. It is humble, welcoming and magnetic. At this time in human history, compassion is most opportune as we see the hurt and pain of many, whether from the pandemic, natural disasters or financial uncertainty. Our challenges are real, but compassion can heal.
As you practise compassion in 2022, see how your own heart will be transformed as you reach out to others.
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