Faith & Life: How to Increase Your Level of Compassion as a Christian


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How to Increase Your Level of Compassion as a Christian

Tips on Growing Your Love and Compassion for the World

by J.M. Troppello


One important thing that is missing in today’s world is love. People lack compassion.


Yes, I know that the Bible says that in the last days there will be dark times and lack of love etc., as seen in II Timothy 3:1-5.


But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Timothy 3:1-5, NKJV)

However, if you’re a Christian, it’s so important for you to not let your love grow cold. Stay connected to God in communion each day. Ask Him to cultivate that love and compassion in your heart for this world.


Don’t give in to the division that is causing a deeper rift each day among people over countless issues like being vaccinated or not, political divides, religious division etc.


Consider the following ways that you can increase your compassion for the world.


1. Communion with God


Keep the lines of communication open between you and God. Don’t allow unconfessed sin to hinder your relationship with Him. Focus on deep study of the Bible each day. Cultivate an active prayer life. Allow your heart to surrender to God through praise and worship.


2. Service to Others


I have found in my life that when I’ve served others, that broke down the walls around my heart. This occurred in a big way when my husband and I attended the satellite church (from our main campus church) in a more urban area. It wasn’t a city, but a small town. Yet, only a distance of 15 miles from where we lived to where the church was meant a significant difference in economic living situations.


God grew my heart so much through getting to know people of all races who were in significantly less financial security than my husband and I were in. By no means are my husband and I rich. We’ve had our own financial issues. However, many people who attended church in that area were worse off financially than we were.


I learned how to not judge a book by its cover. I learned how to humble myself to serve others. I learned how to walk with wisdom but hold love—not judgment—in high esteem in my life.


3. Value Connections


It’s crucial to learn how to value connections with others. If you think you are the only one that matters and the world revolves around you, it will be difficult to love others—especially those you deem “unlovable.”


Valuing connections is more important than ever—especially in our highly conflicted world today. The following tips can help you to value your connections more:


  • Heaven’s Eyes – See ALL people through the eyes of Jesus, in need of salvation. Don’t judge. Love the sinner, but don’t hate because of sin. All of us are sinners. Some have chosen to be saved by God’s grace through the death of Jesus on the cross. Others haven’t. Love others to the Kingdom of God.


  • Respond, Don’t React – Learn how to control your emotions in a better way. It’s so vital that you respond maturely rather than react immaturely. This is a lesson I had to learn the hard way. God helped me overcome my flesh.


  • Think First – Watch how you act on social media. It’s so easy to become a ‘keyboard warrior’ and react harshly and rudely to others online. Think before you tweet, or post on platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Monitor how you respond to people in comments. Imitate Christ. I know this can be difficult. However, your witness as a Christian is so invaluable.


  • Be Kind – Do your best to be kind whether you’re interacting with others online or in person. Ask the Holy Spirit to be your guide as you work diligently to show compassion to everyone you meet.


Growing in Love and Compassion


You can increase your love for others when you cultivate your communion with God, serve people, and value connections. Just remember that in all you do—offer grace to yourself and to others.


It’s so easy to feel defeated if your attempt to show love to others fails. You may try to show kindness and be rudely rebuffed by others. You’ll need to operate in prayer and show grace to yourself. Give grace to others. Remember, it’s God’s place to deal with the hearts of everyone—that’s not your job. You need to focus on your relationship with the Lord and do your best to be a good witness for Christ.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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