Posted by Laura K. Cavanaugh
If you missed our series on Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life, you can find quick links to the posts below, or scroll down for a brief recap in 10 Concepts.The Compassionate God The Voice of Love The Compassionate Life (Part 1) The Compassionate Life (Part 2) The Compassionate Way (Part 1) Compassion in Everyday Life The Compassionate Way (Part 2)
10 Concepts of Compassion
1. To be compassionate means to be kind and gentle to those who get hurt by competition.
2. We learn compassion by the example of God, who showed us compassion by sending the incarnate Christ to become obedient to the cross on our behalf.
3. We experience God’s compassion through listening to the loving voice of God in our lives.
4. When we listen to the loving voice of God, we discover our unique calling to voluntary displacement.
5. Voluntary displacement — and thus compassionate living — can only happen within the community of God.
6. Voluntary displacement is first an inward shift before it can ever be an authentic shift outwardly. It is not primarily something to accomplish but something to recognize.
7. We must be disciplined and patient in order to hear the loving voice of God.
8. The first action of compassion is the discipline of patient prayer.
9. The second action of compassion is the participation in the Lord’s Supper.
10. The third action of compassion is the voice of confrontation — both self-confrontation and confrontation of injustice in the world — spoken humbly and gratefully.