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The 3 Traits of Compassion

Posted: Tuesday, October 10

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Jeremiah 14:11-16:15
1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 25:1-5

Verse of the day:

And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. (I Thessalonians 3:12 NLT)

Paul encourages our love for others to grow and overflow. Do you believe that your capacity for compassion is a fixed amount or do you believe that love grows? Tiffany Vigil is a marriage and family counselor in the San Francisco area. I’d like to share with you her list of compassionate traits.


  1. Conscientiousness. Compassionate people take the time to be aware of those around them. They are the ones that smile at the stressed-out mom with the crying toddler in the checkout lane and ask if she wants to go ahead in the checkout line. They hold the door for someone whose hands are full. They stop and give specific directions to the lost traveler.  


  2. Nonjudgmental nature. Compassionate individuals tend to view others in the context of the human condition. They don’t judge or blame a person in distress. Instead, they hold on to the understanding that we all go through tough times at some point in our lives. For example, when a compassionate person sees a homeless person, they may think about the journey that got them to where they are instead of belittling or judging them. 


3. Emotionally centered. Compassionate people are generally emotionally centered. They may have moments where an injustice in the world pulls them into emotions of despair or outrage, but they have a tendency to bounce back into a place of calm action. They think, what can I do to help this situation? How can this situation be transformed so that people come together? 


Do you feel that you are perceived as a compassionate person? Wherever you’re at today, here’s the good news: love grows. As we submit our attitudes and actions to Christ, God expands our capacity for compassion. Let’s make that our prayer today. Let love grow!