Permission to boldly seek compassion is not the only way in which the Jesus Prayer offers a path to self-compassion. When “the prayer begins to pray us”—that is, when the mind enters the heart—we begin to take on the attitudes of Christ; we begin to share Christ’s ability to love. The spiritual warmth that comes in the prayer is the “ ‘flame of grace’ kindled in the heart.” It is Compassion living within us.
—Andrew Dreitcer, Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
—Philippians 2:1-2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving, and forgiving wherever we may go.
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