Recently, my granddaughter was ‘reprimanding’ her younger brothers, most especially the youngest. Although she is only 10 years old, she has a great bit of wisdom and can be quite authoritative. Some might say that she’s just bossy, as bossy as big sisters can be!
It all started because the little one who is as authoritative as his big sister, even demanding at times, did not feel much like sharing. He was having such a moment that he was attempting to destroy a shared toy instead of having to share it. While they were having this discussion, more of a lecture session about the boys’ behavior and how “unappreciative” they seemed to her, she stopped suddenly. Although there was a bit of shakiness in her voice, a great calm seemed to come over her. She let out a large sigh and said, “You know, I love you so very much but that was just wrong.” It was as though Compassion walked into the room.
That love, gentleness…compassion she exhibited on that day is the same love, gentleness and compassion we all should have for each other. The Bible tells us, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.” (Psalm 145:8) Since the Lord is so full of compassion toward us; because He loves us so very much, we should behave in the same Christ-like manner toward each other. We should take pause in our interactions with each other, let out a large sigh and say, “I love you.”
There are many depictions of what Christ looks like; compassion is one of them. Who do you look like?
~ Lisa Martin Benson