Happy Wardrobe Wednesday, readers! Last week I introduced a new Wardrobe Wednesday’s series entitled “Dress in the Wardrobe God Picked Out For You.” If we forget about our inward beauty our external beauty can get pretty ugly. So today I’m going to unpack compassion in our “Dress in the Wardrobe God Picked Out For You” series.
Compassion means to show love, to be loved by, to show mercy, to show concern, and to act kindly.
What does it the Bible mean by love and be loved by others, mercy, concern, and kindly? (Note: While there are many verses on each word below, I’ve picked a couple that I thought related to the core of compassion.)
Love and be loved by others -and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us -Ephesians 5:2
Mercy - To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. -Micah 6:8
Concern - so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. -1 Corinthians 12:25-26
Kindly - he looks kindly on the lowly -Psalm 138:6; He spoke kindly to him -Jeremiah 52:32
True compassion is evident. Don’t be fake if you’re going to show compassion. Show compassion and truly love others.
Core Verse for “Dress in the Wardrobe God Picked Out For You” Wardrobe Wednesday Series:
Colossians 3:12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength (other versions gentleness), discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.