We started out with a new teaching from my next book about compassion. Compassion is often impersonal but that’s not the compassion we see exhibited through Jesus. The compassion we see from Jesus is almost intimate. The Hebrew word for compassion, as found in the previous blog, means “to fondle.”
The idea here is to bring passion back to compassion; not including change with change. Make every moment of compassion an intimate encounter.
I’ve seen a lot of hell just in the past few months. I’ve talked with Africans, Tai sex slaves, homeless across the country and the broken paycheck-to-paycheck residers. The culmination is all the same… we are all experiencing hell.
If everyone is dealing with hell in their lives, why is it that Christians, people who are supposed to bring life, want to give people more hell.
So I want to challenge you to do two things:
1. Love people and remind others to stop giving people hell; hell as a destination and as a situation. You may do this by using the hash tag #stopgivinghell. Even tell people to stop giving others hell. Life is hell enough for most of us.
2. Since we are all dealing with hell, remember this teaching of mine and share it. But most importantly, fondle the hell out of every person you can. I mean it! Fondle people with a type of compassion they have never seen before. Begin a passion for compassion in your community.
I’d like to end this blog… but we can’t. It will be continued with you. Make it a good story!
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*If you Haven’t read the first blog, please do so this is the continuance.