Welcome to October and the first of our 31 days of Compassion! Are you wondering what this 31 days of Compassion is all about? Read the series introduction here.
What is compassion? That is the question we want to answer today. When you think of the word “compassion”, what does that word mean to you? What is your definition of “compassion”, and how can you show compassion, the way you define it, to someone today? Remember, showing compassion could start as close as in your very own home, or it could be as far-reaching as blessing a stranger in need.
As my husband Andy and I prepared for this series, we discussed what our definition of compassion looks like. For us, the word compassion means having empathy for an individual or group of people, and coming alongside them to show God’s love when they need to experience him the most. Compassion may not look elaborate, but it entails meeting people’s needs right where they’re at and allowing them to see and experience Jesus in and through us.
Andy and I are commiting to pray and seek the Lord’s direction in how he would have us show compassion to someone today. We look forward to sharing our experiences in the comments tonight. What is your definition of “compassion”? How will you (or did you) show compassion to someone today? We would love for you to join the discussion as we begin this 31 day journey of compassion, and please invite others to join you! Come back here tomorrow to search the Scriptures and share God’s heart for the poor.