>I like this quote:
Kind words produce their own image in men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used.
Some reading I have been doing lately has brought me around to the point Pascal alludes to. The core of the transformed heart of a Christian should not only be the obligation but also the need to be compassionate to others. And this may be one of the most accurate tests for who you are: if you find yourself with a lack of compassion for those you are closest to, it is going to be very difficult to be compassionate for those further away. If you lack compassion, somewhere in your heart is an irreverence for God’s passion extended toward you.
Somewhere there is a need to realize or be reminded in a tangible manner that you are (I am) the least of These (Matthew 25:40.) We have to care. Compassion is really the veins caring our spiritual DNA. At the core of mutual edification of the body, corporate body life, submission, accountability….is compassion. I won’t fulfill in myself or others until I CARE deeply enough to take the chance of being vulnerable. And vulnerability occurs when you are willing to care about something more than yourself.