What beauty we find when we interact with people who shine with sincerity. Sadly, it is hard to find people who take the time to listen and be present, the rare person who don’t seem enslaved to an agenda, and those who see the gift in the people who surround them. Instead trolls hiding in the underbelly of the internet, souls looking for validation that they belong, and people clinging to independence to stave off the loneliness, flood our path.
In this cynical age, the Christian must be willing to travail against the tide. As followers of Christ we must not drown in despair, but rest in the precepts of our savior. Colossians 3:12 tells us who we are and what should be evident in our lives. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” In a cynical world sincerity and compassion are radical ideals, and it is easier to talk about the virtues of these characteristics than to live them out. How do we as followers of Jesus - humanity perfected - remain more like him and less like the world?
These tips will help even the most calloused cynic become courageously compassionate.
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