Compassion is the feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. True compassion is expressed by displaying actions to alleviate the suffering; not just to talk about it and do nothing. However, the environment that we live in can sometimes cause us not to have or show compassion to one another.

Those of us who live in New York City are exposed to a number of people who abuse or take advantage of the compassionate. They prey on the innocent, pretending to be stricken with misfortune or disaster, making us cold and uncaring. Unfortunately, it affects those who need our help.

Jesus said, “You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” Luke 6:36 (NLT) The Greek word translated compassionate means mercy, and to have mercy takes compassion to another level. I say this because mercy is defined as compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power.

Notice, the Lord does not specify whom we should be compassionate to; He said that we must be compassionate. Does that mean I have to be compassionate to people who are different or abusive? Yes! Compassion is having pity or concern for the suffering or misfortune of others. So, the next time you see someone in need reach out and help, even if that person is an offender.

Be Blessed,

Bishop Jemmott

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