'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.' (That's Martin Luther King Jr.) When we're actively looking for ways to show love to others, not just holding it as an 'idea' in our heads, it can shift atmospheres, perspectives and feelings all for the better. Often it starts with a practical act of the love.
When King David showed kindness to a man called Mephibosheth who was disabled in both his legs (see 2 Samuel 9), he let him sit at his table and eat with him. Today it's hugely, and rightly, un-PC to shun anyone who's physically impaired. Back then, it was the opposite. But when David let Mephibosheth sit at his table he was making a point - with his legs hidden under the King's table, he appeared to everyone to be just as David knew he was: equal.
There are countless people like Mephibosheth who think they don't deserve to be shown any respect or kindness. But showing them the love of Jesus can break the pattern of who they think they are. They can become free to know who they are in Christ, deeply moulded to His image.
So what now? Next time you feel compassion towards someone, consider that to be God prodding you. Take it as an instruction to do something (buy them a burger, offer to carry their bag, just say hello). And think...what would happen if you made that a way of life?
Soulfood : Deut 28-29, Mk 6:1-13, Ps 44:17-26, Prov 12:12-14