What is compassion? Is it some virtue that comes naturally, genetically-built in, or a learned behavior?
I wish I knew.
Why are some people very compassionate to everyone but the ones closest to them? I have seen this behavior throughout my life. They say you always hurt the ones you love.
But why do we? God loves us. He is kind and compassionate always. Not just sometimes when it's convenient, when He feels like it, or when He wants others to think He's a great God and well look at Him, isn't He sweet??
Nope. Not at all. He is compassion. He is the very definition of what compassion looks like, is, and always will be, forever and ever Amen.
So we (myself included) go about our lives dispensing compassion on a moment to moment basis.
When we feel like it. When we want others to see us acting compassionately and therefore portraying ourselves like the Christians we claim that we are...
Instead of being Christians, how about being Christlike? How about just being compassionate, always, to everyone, even the people we don't like, we don't love, even our own families?
How about not strutting your compassion in public, so that your persona is laced with admiration.
Compassion, it's what's for dinner.