Building Godliness: CompassionPosted: October 30, 2013
We have been looking at ways to build godliness in our lives, so we can build godliness in the lives of our family. Last post was about building honesty, this post is how to build compassion.
What is Compassion?
Compassion is a behavior where pity is shown to an individual.
“Isn’t pity a bad thing?” is a question that may have popped in your head.
This a hard question without a simple answer, because pity can be considered bad, but also good. Pity is bad, when we treat people as inferior. Treating others inferior is wrong and unbiblical. The Bible does condone the attitude of inferiority, instead it notes that everyone is the same. We are all as one in Christ. (Galatians 3: 28)
A good example of pity is found in Acts 2: 44 – 45
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
Rich believers found pity on the poor, so they sold their possessions so that all would be common.
The early church shared with each, because they had pity on the poor and showed compassion.
Way’s To Show Compassion To Your Family
First, we show pity to our children’s future. In Exodus 2:6, we see Pharaoh’s daughter having compassion for a baby who should be killed. Rather, the Pharaoh’s daughter showed pity toward baby Moses, and he was able to live a full life. Our children may not be in a life or death situation, but we need to that same compassion for our children’s future. We can’t predict the future. We don’t know if they will live in times of peace or war. We don’t know, but we should care that we provide the best future for them. So we need to have compassion for their future.
Second, we need to have compassion for their mistakes. In Luke 15: 11 – 32 (Parable of the Lost Son), the son makes a poor decision. The father could have disowned his son or even make him earn back the money the son lost. Instead, the father showed compassion on the child when he returns back home. Our children will make mistakes, and we will be disappointed by their choices, but we can show compassion and help them learn from their mistakes.
Lastly, we need to show compassion to our children for their ignorance. In Luke 23: 34, Jesus shows compassion to his accusers, because of their ignorance. There is no way, for a parent to teach their children everything in this world to be fully competent. Ignorance will pop-up many times in their life, so when ignorance is shown; we need to give them compassion.
Side Note: When I refer to compassion, I do not mean enabling bad behavior. For example, we show compassion for errors, but a parent should never allow their children to think that making the mistake was a good action. Do not enable bad behavior and take those mistakes as teachable moments to help correct the behavior.
Next topic is building love.