Compassion

  • Jan. 10, 2012
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Sometimes I have thrown words around without knowing the real meaning.

I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.  Sometimes I have thrown words around without knowing the real meaning.  Like I used to do with the word “compassion.”  Some years ago, I looked it up and discovered that the first part “com” means “with.”  And passion?  Webster’s dictionary defines passion as that which relates to the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross.  So if you put it together, it’s standing with someone, even suffering to the point of putting ourselves in his shoes.  Just as Christ placed himself on his cross in our stead, we take on the burden, the cross that a friend may be bearing.  “Compassion” means “with suffering.”  God just doesn’t want me to only feel deeply about a person in sad straits... but to agonize with him to the point of bearing the pain with him.  So, the next time you use that word “compassion,” think about what you are saying and what you must do.

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