Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
~ Colossians 3:12, ESV ~
Developing compassion means we have a deep feeling of sympathy and sorrow for ourselves, and others, who are hurting, in pain, or has misfortune. It is also a strong desire to help the suffering. Our greatest example of true compassion is Jesus Christ. Not only did Christ heal us, and others, from their physical sufferings. He also showed the greatest compassion for all of mankind through his death.
Compassion is not easy to show – especially if we perceive ourselves, or others, as deserving of the misfortunes. However, a truly mindful and spiritual recovery program helps us begin developing deep compassion for our own self in order to show compassion toward others. Clothing ourselves with compassion leads us to show kindness, remain humble, possess gentleness and patience in dealing with our own personal dynamics.
Through compassion, we treat ourselves, inside and out, and everything around us in a respectful and caring way. This occurs when we spend time coming to know who we truly are. With practice, we learn more about compassion and our self-centeredness and self-pity begin to fall away.