When do we have too much compassion. Do we notice if we are not compassionate enough? Is compassion a form of weakness or a strength? Can one be truly compassionate and yet take no action? In taking action — are we serving to bring notice to our good works, or because we truly care and have not thought about self.
Jesus taught “greater love has no man than he truly give up his life for a friend.” Also, “lose yourself in the service of your fellows.” In the giving of that service he taught, “when you give a gift, let not your right hand know what your left hand does.” To feel a healthy balance in compassion and service, one then should have the mind-set of ‘what is good for the whole,’ with no thought regarding self.
This examiner was present when fellow friend/teacher Abraham presented this lesson on ‘compassion:’ His 20 years of lessons are archived at www.mansionworldteachings.org
[Abraham–May 7, 2001] I am always touched by your acts of compassion for one another. When one is weak, the others support. When one is sorrowful, the others are available with an open ear. When one is afraid, the others are giving encouraging energy. What a Brotherhood, my friends — quite beautiful to behold.
Learning about the universal laws becomes more understandable as you experience life. You begin to understand the need for them and have gratitude for this universal fairness and watch-care. Universal laws endow us with power to use for good or bad. We are partakers of time and doers in destiny. What we do and how we live really does matter and has an impact on universal wellness.
… I find it helpful at this time to say a few words on compassion.
How beautiful it is to behold individuals helping one another, upholding and supporting, yes, it is wonderful to see. Your level of compassion is the measure in which you receive compassion back. To be truly compassionate we must stand in our brother’s shoes. We must look through their eyes. We must find a heart connection.
The compassionate soul longs to create lasting solutions for their brothers and sisters in need. To perform compassionate acts for the sake of being guilt-free because your fellows are in need is misunderstanding. To be compassionate because you feel pity upon your fellows is also not quite right.
Compassion is a heart and soul connection that says ‘I am feeling what you are feeling. I see you could use some help.’ Compassion asks you not to sacrifice begrudgingly, but happens naturally without hesitation. Most of the time most people only wish to be listened to and understood — not pitied or pressured into various solutions, but just to feel that they are not alone.
You each have great opportunity to allow Father to show Himself through you. You have opportunity to minister to your fellows now in a manner that you could not do before as students of these lessons. The transmitting / receiving process is becoming common, and instantly the compassionate person can put forth Father’s words to aid in any given situation. The compassionate person listens without underlying agenda’s or intentions.
The compassionate person is not tempted to bestow their wisdom to have others look upon them with awe. True compassion is feeling that you truly want to help without anything in return; it is wanting to help because of your expanding love for Father. The compassionate person inevitably grows closer to Father because of their pure intentions to be open to His words to help their fellows.
You can be encouraging and uplifting in your compassionate ministry without showing forth pity and dis-empowering individuals to feel un-confident and hopeless. You can validate their difficulties by relating to them your personal experience. If you have not personal experience to draw upon, then certainly can you at the very least show you are interested in what they are saying.
In your desire to want to help without personal recognition will you be connected to Father’s words, His instructions for your fellows, His mind. That is ministry, my friends. That is active ministry.
You each do well and I am in gratitude to the compassion and friendship you have shown me. My love goes with you. Until next week, shalom.