“Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble.” 1 Peter 3:8
In politics, I often hear a member of congress cut down a fellow member for their position on an issue. Later, they’ll be having lunch together and admit they are good friends, but just don’t agree with each others philosophy. This attitude should be an example of how everyone should act toward one another–agree to disagree–but love one another.
Yesterday, I read a post on Facebook that instantly put me in a defensive mode. The issue was a farewell speech President Obama gave to the military and a picture of many open seats at the event. The original poster commented that because of the empty seats, the military hates the president.Personally, I don’t care if anyone likes or dislikes the Commander in Chief, but I am saddened by people who get pleasure from running down or poking fun at one of the most important persons in the world.
Being compassionate means we look for something good in a person. President Obama will soon be out of office, and new threads of hateful comments will begin to appear on social media the moment President Elect Trump is installed. Nothing good will come from ugly comments. My mother always said, “If you don’t have something good to say about someone, keep your mouth shut.”
Lord, help us learn to be compassionate people and more loving and grace filled. Amen.