We stood in a small circle. People with jangled nerves and full of worry for our nation. Hushed voices said for the hundredth time, “I never thought I would see something like this in my life.”
Then a strong, calm voice spoke up. “Compassion and humility. The more people that show compassion and humility, the stronger we will be as a society and as a nation.”
Compassion = sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. Sympathy. The act or capacity for sharing the painful feelings of another. (Merriam-Webster)
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Humility = freedom from pride or arrogance. Modesty. Has its origin in the Latin word humilis, meaning “low.” (Merriam-Webster)
Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
Let’s put away pride and anger. Satan loves to see us tear each other up!
If you find it difficult to love and serve one another, pray to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God has promised to give you love and help when you ask for it.