My experience has been that sinners respond a lot better to compassion than to self-righteousness. Because compassion is not understood as an emotion in the way love is, then feeling compassion is rightly seen (as love ought to be) as a choice, an attitude that is taken up with purpose and intention and held despite lapses, roadblocks, and difficulties. Compassion chosen in this way then becomes another form of spiritual practice, like meditation that is incredibly simple and endlessly difficult.
—Melissa Tidwell, in Compassion: Thoughts on Cultivating a Good Heart, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2008)
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As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
—Colossians 3:12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
With my eyes, I choose to see with compassion. With my hands, I choose to give and touch with compassion. With my feet, I choose to go where I can deliver compassion. With my heart, I choose to love with great compassion.
(Pause for a minute of silence and imagine how you can show compassion today.)
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