Compassion. Kindness. Empathy. Those are all worthy qualities to exhibit. When we extract them from our character, the void becomes obvious. Cultivate them, and they will serve us well.
I heard a story of compassion today. While mowing a lawn, a young man passed over a rabbit hole. He was unaware of the rabbits’ presence. Coming back to cut the next row of grass, he noticed that the blades had killed a small bunny. From the hole, another tiny rabbit emerged, looking for its sibling. It hopped to the lifeless form and remained there. Was it because of fear? Was it to somehow fulfill a need to protect and care for the one who had died?
Since no mother rabbit was to be seen, the frightened creature was given to someone who could care for it properly.
Kindness, compassion and empathy all had been shown to this poor, helpless one.
Shouldn’t that be the response we give to those we encounter who could be described as being so?
Proverbs 28:27a tells us that, "He who gives to the poor will lack nothing…"
Kindness shown to others will indeed return to us.