Blogging Through the Alphabet with Words of Hope - Letter C
Today's word is Compassion. When I think of Compassion, I think of heartfelt empathy for another. Truly placing myself in their shoes and understanding what they are feeling and enduring.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Compassion as "sympathetic consciousness of others' together with a desire to alleviate it."
Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology characterizes Compassion as "that [human] disposition that fuels acts of kindness and mercy. Compassion, a form of love, is aroused with us when we are confronted with those who suffer or are vulnerable. Compassion often produces action to alleviate the suffering."
The Latin word compati means to suffer with. The Hebrew words hamal and rachuwm and the Greek word splanchnisomai are not only translated to compassion but also to love and to show mercy.
The Bible tells us that our Abba Father is compassionate. He shows His compassion in His love for us that when we were sinners He sent His one and only Son to die as a sacrifice to atone for our sins so that we may live with Him for eternity.
We, as Christ's followers, are also called to be compassionate.
"Give Me Your Eye"s by Brandon Heath is a great reminder of the Compassion we are to have for others.
This post is linked to Blogging Through the Alphabet hosted by my friends at A Net in Time and Hopkins Homeschool. Please take a moment to stop by their blogs and see what other interesting things about the letter C have been posted.