Monday, October 10, 2011

a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who isstricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire toalleviate the suffering

Let us not study passion, desire passion, or acquire passion for ourselves. This will leave us empty and void, for the musician plays for the listener and the dancer moves for the audience. The passion of the Christ was not self-centered; rather, it was others-centered. He didn't suffer for himself, he suffered for others. 
This is called compassion. 

Compassion is always inconvenient.
-Pastor Jim 

I truly believe the reason we live passionless lives is because we refuse to bear the burden of passion. It requires effort and endurance we are unable unwilling to give. And if one is unwilling to sustain personal passion, imagine their response to bearing the weight of compassion. 

Compassion is long-suffering. 
Compassion is sweet. 
Compassion doesn't want to steal what you've managed to gain. 
Compassion doesn't brag about what it's managed to gain. 
Compassion doesn't lash out all of the sudden. 
Compassion doesn't bring up past disappointments and frustrations. 
Compassion doesn't find joy when inevitable consequences overtake the foolish. 
Compassion is more concerned about your victory then being thanked. 
Compassion is always there to keep you safe. 
Compassion is a second chance... and a seventy-seventh chance. 
Compassion always believes in you. 
Compassion never quits. 

There is another word for compassion:

Yes, it requires much to offer compassion to another. It requires putting others first. How will we ever find the ability? 


Let us not forget that we find our strength in the Father of compassion (2 Cor 1:3)... in whom we share this passion.
"Sometimes it takes watching someone love something to love it yourself."