Compassionate Living - III
By: Angela Tuttle | Last Updated: 08/02/2012 13:02
In the Gospels, Jesus, the human face of God’s compassion for us to see and emulate, both teaches us and shows us how we are to act towards one another.
When the scribe asks, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. (a summary of Commandments 1-3) And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as your self. (a summary of Commandments 4-10) On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus shows us how to apply these principles by relating the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. He himself is compassionate to all those he heals, and forgives even his executioners.
Compassion is at the core of our religion and should form the basis for all our actions and decisions. Next week we will present an opportunity for each and all of us to publicly affirm our commitment to the value of compassion.