Posts Tagged ‘compassion’

There is a prayer I say today and every day

I’m better at some of those things than others, but with God’s help, I know I can become better at all of them. I pray God will give each of those qualities so that we may help those around us who need to know God’s love.

 

We all want to be treated with respect don’t we. How we treat others can often influence how others treat us. So make sure you treat others the way you want others to treat you…lead the way.

The last couple of days I’ve talked about times when you feel like you have nothing left to get yourself through a day, or to support someone else. Today though I want to look at this from a slightly different perspective…when you feel like that what do you actually need from those around you?

Here’s some suggestions:

  • Love
  • Compassion
  • A hug
  • Words of comfort
  • Someone to listen to your fears/worries

Do any of those things sound like things you’d appreciate if you are struggling to get through a day?

I can certainly say that for me, each of those things can be a huge help to me, although if I’m honest, sometimes just a hug is all I need.

What about you – when you’re feeling at your lowest and wonder how you’re going to get through the day, what helps you, and gives you the strength to carry on?

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Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Carry your spirit in your pocket

That probably sounds like a really bizarre suggestion, but let me explain how to do this:

Get some mall bits of paper and write a positive but reflective word on each one – words such as love, laugh, compassion, reflect, comfort etc. Put the bits of paper with the words on them, into a bag or container, and then each morning when you get up, take one bit of paper out the bag/container and put it in your pocket.

Then during the day, each time your hand touches that bit of paper in your pocket you’ll remember the word on it and in turn will remind you to bless others by expressing that word in your actions and through your conversations with others.

So consider you spirit words careful, as they will be the actions/feeling you need to exude to others on the days you choose them.

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There are many people in the world who believe that all their problems would be solved if they had money, because money is the answer to everything. I find that quite sad, as while having some money can provide us the food and shelter we need to survive, it cannot provide us with the personal characteristics we want to possess.

So here are 10 things money cannot buy which I believe are characteristics we should all strive to possess:

  • Love
  • Faith
  • Character
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Trust
  • Common sense
  • Respect
  • Wisdom
  • Peace

Has your money bought you everything you want? Has it helped you be the person you want to be?

Don’t let money be the be all and end all of everything you try to achieve, because ultimately it cannot help you find love, grow your faith, build character or integrity, be compassionate, be trustworthy, have common sense, show respect or wisdom, or live in peace.

 

I need food

I need water

I need clothing

I need shelter

I need employment

I need compassion

I need my family

I need friends

I need encouragement

I need understanding

I need forgiveness

I need love

But most of all I need Jesus

God's LoveDo you love you family and friends? Of course you do, but do you love the people who dislike or hurt you or who you consider to be their enemy? I’m obviously not talking about love in an intimate way, but love them as a friend – showing them compassion, friendship, support and understanding, where you are there for them in their hour of need regardless of what time of the day or night it might be.

Those who aren’t loving don’t know God, because God is love – 1 John 4:8

Do you know God? Do you show your love and compassion for others?

If your answer to either of those questions is “No”, you can talk to God right now and change your “No” to a “Yes” by asking God into your heart today.

I read recently that when trying to help someone in difficulty, it’s better not to turn to scriptures too quickly. Does that surprise you, it surprised me!

They said that this is because “people in difficulty that don’t really care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

So whoever you are trying to help, make sure you show your compassion and concern for them and show you understand their difficulties, before  attempting to give them any kind of biblical perspective on their situation. I.e. understand how the person feels, empathise with them because this can be just as encouraging to someone knowing someone else understands their feelings, than to immediately offer them advice or guidance.

So when trying to help someone, don’t offer advice and guidance immediately, but instead offer understanding and empathy.

When you see someone in need what do you do?

Do you walk past pretending you didn’t see them, or do you stop and try to help?

Deuteronomy 15:10-11 (The Message)

Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God, your God’s, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures. There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So I command you: Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbours in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbours.

If you see someone in need, take a few minutes out to go to them, speak to them, comfort them, give them nourishment, and pray for them. God expects us to show compassion for our fellow humans. That doesn’t mean just in monetary terms, because there are many needy people out there for whom money is not the thing they are most in need of.

I personally think that one of the main thing the people in this world are crying out for is love and compassion. Therefore let’s spread some compassion wherever we go, and let’s make a point of stopping to help those we see in need, rather than walking past.

Ever come across someone who appears to listen to you but later shows they really haven’t listened to a single word you’ve said?

I would guess we all know someone like that! I would also guess that they are not particularly caring people when it comes to others, am I right?

J Clarke once said

One who cares is one who listens.

and that kind of sums up what I was saying doesn’t it.

Of course there is one person who we can all talk to who I guarantee will always listen to every word you say, and will show is love and compassion for you on a daily basis. Do you know who I’m talking about?

GOD!

Don’t ever stop caring about others. Be Christ-like and listen to what others say to you and saw you care about them.