A Relationship with Compassion. When others hurt us the normal reaction is to shut down and give up. Feeling there is no hope or reason to take a solid stance. Unable to realize, this is the place to push through. A time to love through the pain. Giving up is not the answer to a commitment made because someone just may be having a bad moment. A relationship with compassion is the way to express, “I’m still here, how can I help?”
A Commitment Made
Pushing through the hard times is the place of growth. Allowing oneself to show compassion and empathy to another person strengthens one’s own character. A commitment made doesn’t consent to only the good times but the not so pleasant times, also. It becomes the glue needed to endure the unpleasant moments that will take place in any relationship. Even when you feel it is unbearable.
We are reminded, “No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].” 1 Cor 10:13
Taking time to find out what is wrong. Compassion finds out what has taken place or if a loved one is hurting in some way. When someone lashes out it’s usually when they need you the most. To be there because they are hurting is a part of the commitment made. Possibly, the inability to express oneself correctly is part of their challenge. However, be ready to teach and show kindness, gentleness and meekness to help another. Showing compassion not only helps the one giving it. It emphasizes how love plays a part in a relationship even when those times seem to be more difficult than expected.
The need to show compassion is a reality to be endured with not only a spouse but with life issues in general. Without kind-heartedness the world becomes a place of darkness, misery and pain. Giving of oneself is freedom. Not because you have to but because you want to.
“Be merciful (responsive, compassionate, tender) just as your [heavenly] Father is merciful” Luke 6:36 (AMP)