Can we be angry at the latest tragedy and still have compassion?

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Can we be angry at the latest tragedy and still have compassion?

We are a people filled with compassion. There’s no doubt of this. The evidence is clear. When I lost my 20 year old cat, the compassionate responses greatly comforted me. Years ago, when I nearly lost my son, again the compassionate responses and support were overwhelming. I was even more surprised at where the support did, and did not, come from.

Concerning showing compassion, Matthew 22: 37-39 says, “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Yet, when a spark of anger is thrown into the situation, people lose their compassion and cruelly attack others with an uncontrolled tongue. Or, uncontrolled fingers typing on the internet. It’s just like how the nicest and gentlest of people driving down a busy road can suddenly turn into a hideous monster because of the actions of another driver.

Want another example? There are plenty of them in the news. I don’t want to talk about a specific example here, because that’s not the point. It’s not about what others are doing or saying. It’s about what we’re doing and saying. We are the body of Christ. Is God really pleased with how we’re acting?

Concerning the power of our words, Proverbs 18: 21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

And, James 3: 4-5 says, “Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.”

Can we be angry at the latest tragedy and still have compassion? All of us get angry whether we want to admit it or not. The real problem here is when we let our anger get out of control and start to hurt people, when we let our anger hurt our relationships, when we let our anger destroy the things we have worked so hard to create.

Can we be angry at the latest tragedy and still have compassion? Consider this. Are we looking at the cruelty of the situation and looking for someone to blame? Or, should we look at the people who are suffering and do something to help them? Are we looking to destroy something or are we looking heal?

Can we be angry at the latest tragedy and still have compassion? I hope so. The bible is full of examples of how Jesus did just that. Jesus is the example that we should follow. We all have incredible skills and experiences. We all have words that we can use to encourage and help the people around us who are hurting.

Can we be angry at the latest tragedy and still have compassion?

I say we use the action of love, that our compassion is unearthing, to destroy the anger.

I say we use the action of love, that our compassion is unearthing, to build them up.

I say we use the action of love, that our compassion is unearthing, to bring us closer to God.

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