As the people of God, we are called to be compassionate — to have a heart of God, to have tenderness, kindness, and humility, and embrace people from all walks of life. We cannot pick and choose who we will be kind to, but we must be kind to all people regardless of their race, political party, or social economic status. All of us are God’s people, and we are called to love all people. We are also called to be holy people, living a life that is pleasing unto God. Consequently, we must be compassionate towards others. In Colossians 3:12, we find these words:
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
The writer makes clear that since God has called us to be holy people, we should strive to live holy lives. He writes about the need for God’s people to make allowances for each other’ faults, and to forgive anyone who offends us. He goes on to say, in verses 13 -15, “Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.” If there was ever a time we needed to hear these words, it is now. It is my prayer today, that each of us have a compassionate heart.