1 Peter 3:8 "Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble."
Be compassionate to others...even if you don't feel like it. It could require that you even do something that you are uncomfortable doing. Our instinct is to talk about someone's plight to others, instead of looking at it though the eyes of compassion. I am so thankful that God in His wisdom decided to show compassion to me...even though I didn't deserve it, He still "loved". Love should be the driving force that causes us to want only good for other people. And when we see them going through some "stuff", have compassion...listen to them and help them during this difficult time. A big part of having compassion is understanding why this individual is being a certain way. I found this LONG quote below on the internet by Kate Swobada that says it much better than I could, simply titled "Love Letter to the World"...
We are called to Love Others...regardless of how they see things. What matters is that we see them through compassion and love that flows through us because of Christ. As our pastor has said....love the "hell" out of them....literally! The prince of this world is doing his work, so we need to do the work of God and love this influence out of their life and direct them to Christ.
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