Compassion is an interesting word and subject to dig into. This morning I thought I would test out a new feature and ask my question to Bing and see what the AI response had to say. Here is what I received in response to the question: “What does it mean to be dads who live by compassion and what does the Bible have to say about it?“
That’s a great question. To be dads who live by compassion means to be fathers who care deeply about the well-being of their children and others, and who are willing to help them in times of need. Compassion is a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the suffering or misfortune of others, and a desire to relieve that suffering. Compassion is also a characteristic of God, who shows mercy and grace to his people.
The Bible has a lot to say about compassion, both as an attribute of God and as a duty for his followers. Here are some Bible verses that illustrate the meaning and importance of compassion:
- Psalm 103:13: As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him1.
- Matthew 9:36: When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd2.
- Colossians 3:12: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience3.
- James 1:27: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world4.
- 1 John 3:17: If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?5.
These verses show that compassion is not just a feeling, but also an action. It involves caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others, especially those who are vulnerable or oppressed. It also reflects the heart of God, who sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to show us his love. As dads, we can follow the example of Jesus and share his love with our children and others.Bing.com response to the question: “What does it mean to be dads who live by compassion and what does the Bible have to say about it?“
Dads who compassion to:
Our wives by loving them like Christ loved the church – cherishing, honoring, respecting, supporting, being faithful, communicating openly, praying, and encouraging their faith.
Our children by raising them with love, teaching them the Word of God, and nurturing their growth.
As dads, we can:
- discipline them when necessary, but not in anger or frustration.
- correct them gently, and instruct them patiently.
- praise them, appreciate them, and spend quality time with them.
- be involved in their lives, and show interest in their hobbies and passions.
- also protect, provide, and prepare them for their future.
Our world by being salt and light, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, stewarding resources for God’s glory, serving those in need, and defending the cause of the weak and vulnerable.
Therefore, let’s be the dads who show reverence to God and worship Him with respect. Additionally, let’s turn to God’s Word and model ourselves after Jesus, who in Matthew 9:36 showed compassion to those without guidance or protection, like lost sheep. Finally, let’s love our wives and kids and show them compassion.
So how can we apply today’s verse of the day in order to be the dads God created, planned, and purpose for us to be for our wives, kids, and world?
Applications of Psalms 103:13 towards being compassionate to and for our wives, kids, and world:
- Be Attentive: Just as a compassionate father pays attention to his children’s needs, actively listen to your family members’ concerns, thoughts, and feelings.
- Nurture Emotional Well-being: Prioritize emotional health by creating a safe space where your loved ones can express themselves without fear of judgment.
- Lead with Kindness: Approach discipline and guidance with kindness and understanding, considering the feelings and growth of your children and spouse.
- Express Affection: Regularly express love and affection to your family members through words, gestures, and quality time together.
- Serve Selflessly: Demonstrate compassion by serving your family selflessly, helping with household chores, and supporting your spouse’s aspirations.
- Forgive and Reconcile: Just as God forgives, be quick to forgive, apologize, and reconcile when conflicts arise within your family.
- Teach Empathy: Instill empathy in your children by modeling compassion and encouraging them to understand and care for the needs of others.
- Encourage Growth: Support your family member’s personal growth and development, encouraging them to pursue their passions and talents.
- Be Patient: Exercise patience as you guide your children through challenges and stages of life, remembering that growth takes time.
- Extend Compassion to Others: Show compassion beyond your family by engaging in acts of kindness, volunteering, and participating in charitable endeavors to positively impact your community and the world.
By embodying these applications of Psalms 103:13, you can fulfill the role of a compassionate father and create a loving and nurturing environment for your wife, kids, and the world around you.