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Preserving Self vs. Sacrificing Self

compassion friends Joan Winifred love

Stuff i’ve studied about compassion (& have learned through my (limited) life experience thus far of 45 years) brings me to this way of thinking/speaking/writing:…when a person is truly into (genuinely) helping somebody else, no matter who they are, no matter their status (or lack thereof)..no matter their gender/background/education/reputation, etc…when a person is willing to push aside their own well-being, etc. for somebody else’s good…that’s pure compassion at work.. when you ultimately take the risk and throw yourself under the bus, or knowingly run into the burning building to save somebody–knowing ahead of time you will suffer for it or be burned (say when you give away or share your last morsel of food/bread)…yeah, that’s a true/loyal friend!!...somebody who loves You more than they love their own name, position, status, reputation, etc. When someone is more concerned about the best interests of the other and not only/just looking out for themselves/preserving self…when a person willingly goes there to the difficult place/the non-comfort zone of self-sacrifice/pain/suffering for somebody else…and knowing (partially or completely) they will be hurt, abused or ridiculed/killed by helping, speaking out, taking action, etc. to me: that’s the ultimate description of what pure compassion means.

Does my compassion/love pass this test?

No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends.” (John 15:13)

What am i/You willing to surrender for my/Your friends?

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts* (or drives) fear out, because fear restrains us. Indeed, the one who is fearful has not been made perfect in love. (1John 4:18)

Courage & Compassion walk hand-in-hand!:)

(3/20/15 @ 11:51 a.m. published)

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