Verses on God’s compassion that teach you to be kind
Following Christ involves a lot of sacrifices on our part. Unknown challenges lie ahead that will test our characters and our faith in Him. But the good new is that once we decide to follow Him, He will guide us, love us, and lead us to the right path without fail. It’s like God’s compass: with it, we will never lose our way.
There are a lot of ways that God can speak to us. It can be through prayer, worship, or the holy scriptures. The last one is a great source of wisdom, healing, and love. In there, you will come to encounter many verses on God’s compassion for His people. He forgives sins, he embraces the sinners, he loves the poor, and he loves unconditionally.
As Christians, we have a mission to proclaim God’s overflowing goodness. With God’s compass—short for God’s compassion in His words—we will be able to grasp how exactly He wants us to do this.
The following Bible verses are some very few glimpses of how we should treat our brothers and sisters regardless of their origins, faith, or their statuses. This compass is God’s way and the only way to everlasting life.
1. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (Jn 15:12–13)
2. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Phil. 2:3)
3. “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31)
4. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” ( 4:2–3)
5. “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Lk 6:27–31)
God’s compassion for usstretches beyond our imagination. But sometimes when others sin against us, we let our anger, bitterness, and pride govern our thoughts, and thus hinder us to see that we also are imperfect people who commit sins, intentionally or unintentionally, even greater than what others have done to us. It’s hard for us to forgive and let go. But Jesus, when He was still on earth, forgave those who did Him wrong and embraced the people in the fringes of society: murderers, thieves, prostitutes, widows, lepers, and non-Jews. In the following passages, He teaches us how it’s done.
1. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Col. 3:13)
2. “So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” (Lk 17:3–4)
3. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ forgave you.” (Eph. 4:31–32)
4. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Lk 6:31)
5. “We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” (1 Jn 4:19–21)
6. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2)
Now that you have already read some scriptures that make up God’s Compass, I hope that this will encourage you to dig deeper into God’s word. Spend time reading the Holy Bible to find more verses to help you in your journey with God. You can visit www.helenbaffutobooks.com for helpful topics on faith, love, and life. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. God bless you!
Stanley, Becca. “40 Inspiring Bible Verses about Love.” Compassion (blog), January 30, 2018. Accessed on January 15, 2019. https://www.compassionuk.org/blogs/40-inspiring-bible-verses-about-love/.