Act 36: Compassion by Paula Pridham
The word ‘compassion’ simply means coming alongside suffering – co-suffering with someone. That can sound a bit daunting, but when you think about it, what a gift to be able to offer someone your presence and the feeling that you’re with them. Think of areas where you’ve suffered in the past, and find a way to share time with someone who’s suffering similarly today.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
(Colossians 3:12 NIV)
Note down two or three people you know who are struggling at the moment and commit to pray for them daily.
Talk to someone, even if you don’t know what to say. Knowing you are sorry for, and care about, their situation is a good start.
Volunteer with an organisation that comes alongside those who are struggling.
What did I do?
Well green and yellow were both options I am doing already.
I am already continuing to pray for several friends I know going through very tough times medically. I pray for God’s compassion; that He will surround them with His love; they will feel His presence and care; and of course for complete healing too.
I also talk regularly with the friends I am praying for.
I could be more diligent with both of these so I will work on this daily.
36 down – 4 more to go! We’re on the home straight now.