Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Wednesday's Word of Encouragement
com·pas·sion | \ kəm-ˈpa-shən \
: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it
al·le·vi·ate | \ ə-ˈlē-vē-ˌāt \
: RELIEVE, LESSEN: such as
a : to make (something, such as pain or suffering) more bearable
b : to partially remove or correct (something undesirable)
Being aware of what other people are going through and having a desire to relieve it is compassion, but we can bENCOURAGEd when we take it a step further. Our daughter plays soccer and is currently on a very competitive high school team. After games she often experiences discomfort in her feet and calves. I have never played competitive soccer, but I can imagine what she is experiencing. Many times when she comes home following a big game - after she has showered and her feet are tolerable to touch - I massage her feet and calves. She is always very grateful and expresses how much of a difference this makes to her tense muscles, but knowing how much I helped her is all the difference to me. When I think of her pain or even my desire to help her I am not encouraged, but the moment I begin to remove or relieve her discomfort encouragement swells inside of me.
Encouragement is rooted in the act of giving - giving courage away. God uses us to express His compassion for His people. I believe that His desire is to encourage us and others through this process. Because when we simply think about the pain of someone it can be discouraging, but when we give of ourselves to bring someone else relief we will bENCOURAGEd every time.
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion”
~ Is. 30:18 KJV
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