Friday, September 5, 2014

Compassion = Growth

Leviticus 19:18 ESV

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

*Throughout the Bible, it speaks of how we should view and treat people. There is often a reference of love, and the indication of how much love to give by viewing the person as you view yourself. Let's go deeper in that: Some people are always saying that they don't understand how or why someone could do something. I have even heard or even criticized others myself in regards to their actions or thought process. Now, let's check out how God wants us to view them: If we place ourselves in their shoes, their once was a time when we weren't living right, weren't  familiar with something, or sought compassion and didn't find it based on a subject that was unclear to us. Wouldn't you want to break the chain of judging people on topics they don't know about, or criticizing them for what could be strong holds or habits that they have trouble letting go? You see, we acquire wisdom in areas not to keep to ourselves, or use it as a way to judge people. We are meant to share it to uplift one another, teach each other, and have compassion whether you have been there and done that or known someone who has...Therefore, really think before your assume, criticize, or make haste to dismiss. Perhaps that person was placed in your life to not only help them grow, but to help you develop as well...particularly in seeing them the way Christ would.

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