Leading Your Leaders to Be People of Compassion
Compassion is the ability to feel what others are feeling, especially pain. As far as I can tell, we cannot teach compassion. The source for this capacity to identify with others in sorrow and in joy seems to have its roots in the Holy Spirit. "The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (Rom. 5:5). What we can do however-those of us called to be leaders of the Lord's people-is to teach our people to act with compassion.
I suspect you have noticed that a large percentage of those calling themselves followers of Jesus turn a deaf ear to the cries of the needy, reacting to requests for help with callousness. Selfishness is innate, no doubt part of our original sinful nature. However, to react against that self-centeredness and go out of our way to help another person is Christlike.
For followers of Jesus, this can be taught. Pastors are ideally situated to show their people and instruct them in how to act with compassion when faced by people in need.
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