Love, Compassion and Forgiveness

Much of what Michael sang is actually biblical. He grew up with a mic in one hand and a bible in the other. His dad taught him to rock, but Katherine showed him the beauty of being kind compassionate and forgiving. Imagine for a moment what it must have been like, as Jehovah’s Witnesses, for them to go pioneering. Surely there were many doors slammed in their faces, but they had forgiving hearts. They didn’t turn around and call the people names. They learned to deal with rejection, and pressed on. Look at the words from Michael Jackson’s “Cry”…then look at the verse that follows.

You can change the world (I can’t do it by myself)

You can touch the sky ((Its gonna take somebody’s help)

You’re the chosen one ( I’m gonna need some kind of sign)

If we all cry at the same time tonight

Colossians 3:12: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (KJV)

If you look at some of the other verses you will see that Michael wanted us to look for the truth, and to have a little faith. We can do that. I know it sounds a little wild, but I also know it is true…. even miracles unheard of. Miracles unheard of are only unheard of because we do not listen….. Here is the verse.

Faces filled with madness

Miracles unheard of (hold on)

Faith is found in the winds,

All we have to do is reach for the truth, the truth.

Well, we can have compassion for those faces filled with madness. The truth is in our compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience….just as the scripture says.

This is an excerpt from an article on another blog I favor:

How Can We Increase Our Compassion for Others?

By John Shore

The other day a friend was sharing with me the trouble he sometimes has feeling for others the kind of compassion that he knows Jesus would want him to feel.

“I want to love everyone,” he said. “But sometimes I’m talking with a person, or just watching someone, or whatever, and I realize that the feelings I’m having toward that person aren’t very compassionate. I try, but it’s just hard for me sometimes.”

That got me thinking about some of the things anyone can do to increase their level of compassion for others.

I think the best way to open up your capacity for love towards others is to really, really listen to them. Listen to their pain, watch for their discomfort, become aware of all the little signs that people are constantly giving off that they’re unsure, afraid, confused, defeated. Allow your love, empathy, and compassion to be triggered by those signs. Let your heart feel the fullness of their suffering.

Contrarily, an outstanding way to develop compassion for others is to observe how strong people are, how valorous, how brave, how confident, how loving, how much fun.

There isn’t a person in this world who, does not have some quality that we can love them for. All you have to do is watch for it people are lovable; and we are, after all, by nature designed to love our own kind. Go with that. Open yourself up the truth that all men and women really are your brothers and sisters.

Finally, develop the practice of viewing people not through your eyes, but through the eyes of God within you. None of us can help but to at least in some degree see others in terms relative to ourselves: Is this or that person better looking than us, more successful than us, happier than us, more or less powerful than us? Making that kind of relative evaluation of others is entirely natural. It’s an instinct. It’s part of what we do when we interact with or observe others. But it tends to make us critical of others, instead of feeling loving towards them.

We see people in relative terms. God, however, sees them in only one way: with love.

End excerpt;

Okay… we are talking about God as you understand him to be. I understand that God is love, and though we are not God…he abides in us. So we can be godly, and we can be loving. In fact, that is the quality I miss so much about Michael. He loved us…even with all our faults.

Well, what is it that God has asked us to do? Believe it or not it is no biggie! All we have to do is love God with all that is in us, and love our neighbor as ourselves. See? That’s not hard at all. In fact, it is the key to forgiveness. We know that God will forgive us, we know that Michael would forgive us…so If we forgive ourselves, then we can forgive others. The shocking thing about fan conflict is that some want others to agree with them because they want us to be together. Who could not forgive that?

Rev. Dr. Catherine M. Gross/MJJJusticeProject, Inc.

“A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love.” Basil    

 Sandy Lee Scott has initiated a MJ Conflict Resolution page on Facebook in hopes that minor issues can be dealt with during civil discourse and understanding between the people who have minor issues.

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