Compassion

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama

I’m not sure if you watched the South African ‘Love Island’ or have even ever heard of it, but you may have caught the very tragic news of the Love Island host, Caroline Flacks’ suicide. Perhaps some people who passed judgement on her changed their tune after her death.

A different perspective can open our eyes to a different truth with the same circumstances. Others however, had real compassion from the beginning, no matter what she may have done or not done.

If you have every been through difficult times or even done something very wrong and needed the compassion of others, you will understand the importance of giving compassion. The trouble is, that if we have not received compassion, we may not understand the importance of giving it. Those who extend compassion are blessed just as those who receive it.

“In a world where we are invited to judge everyone we must hold onto the antidote, ‘compassion’.”

So next time we hear about someone in the press, at work, home or somewhere else, whom we are tempted to judge, let me invite us to stop and think twice. Maybe what this person needs instead is some compassion, and who knows, one day we might need it. Would you rather be known as someone who is always judging others or someone who is compassionate? I know which one I would rather work towards and which I prefer for myself.

You perhaps, do not share my faith, but there is a great quote from the Bible which I think is great advice for those with or without a faith:

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Luke 6:37-38

Rev James Levasier

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www.burphamchurch.org.uk

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