“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, Bear with each other and forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:12-13
Jesus was certainly a man of compassion. The love he had for the well-being of others on both sides of eternity was unrivaled. Whether he confronted a person due to the sin in their life or showed kindness to someone in need, Jesus was always compassionate. Being created in the image of God means that humans also possess compassion although it’s not always displayed or given to the right thing. May we pattern our lives to have compassion on our neighbor more than any other created thing.
It’s not always easy to get along with other people but the Bible gives us instructions on ways of dealing with difficult situations.
First, we need to have a loving heart. Jesus commanded that we love others as we would ourselves (Matthew 22:39). Secondly, we need to be kind and patient.
Third, we need to be forgiving. No one is without faults—including ourselves. Can you honestly tell yourself that you’ve never made a mistake? No, of course you can’t. No one can.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32
The hustle and bustle of life and the tragedy we read in the news every day have desensitized many people. The rat race has turned some people into dirty rats. In the struggle to survive, they’ve lost the compassion for others. It’s become a “looking out for number one” mentality instead of “all for one and one for all.”
According to the results of a new study, some people have stronger feelings and compassion for dogs than they do for other human beings. The new study was done by researchers from Northeastern University, whose work was published in the journal Society and Animals.
In doing the study, researchers examined the reactions of people who read stories on the abuse of dogs or the abuse of a human being. The stories weren’t real, researchers created “fake news” reports to test the reactions. Researchers found that people were more compassionate toward the abuse of dogs than they were of human adults.
However, there were some exceptions. When it came to the abuse of humans, the age of the person being abused played a factor in their compassion level. For example, when a story dealt with the abuse of children, readers were more compassionate.
When it came to the abuse of dogs, the age of the dog also played a factor, with stories about abused puppies eliciting more compassion. Additionally, the breed of the dog saw some variations in the amount of compassion.
Overall, people who read stories of an adult human being abused drew less compassion than stories of a child, puppy or adult dog being abused.
Compassion is a byproduct of love. It comes from truly caring about others through a loving heart that has unconditional love for all living things. The following passage comes from one of the most well-known and beloved Bible verses on love in Scripture:
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8