I am working on a lesson about compassion for the youth on Sunday and the above sentence is swirling around in my head. I think that there are many individuals who say that they have compassion and their willing to extend a hand but it is often lip-service.
Keeping it at the lip-service stage is understandable. Acting on compassion is not easy. It involves taking emotional, financial and physical risk. Each individual probably holds one of those three to a different light.
Thomas Merton says the following:
To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.
I think that we need to be God's love and that means that we need to extend compassion.