Humanity's Greatest Strength is Compassion Aleiah Winchester

What is the greatest strength of humanity? When I randomly asked friends and family their opinion of the greatest strength of humanity, no-one had the same answer. Some said hope, will-power, love, others said forgiveness, and courage. The list can go on and on. Personally, I believe that compassion is the greatest strength of humanity.

This world needs human beings to show compassion on a daily basis. Everyone needs to have and express the true feeling of compassion that lies deep within the soul. There are so many people hurting, especially during the holidays. We all need a sense of warmth and love for others accompanied by a strong desire to help the people who are suffering. Some people are hurting because of the absence of a loved one during the holidays. Some hurt because they lost their home due to natural disasters. According to the book, Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life, “Compassion erases the mistakes of life just as the rubber end of a pencil removes the smudges on the paper.” We all need compassion for others.

I believe wholeheartedly that Jesus Christ is the greatest example of someone with true compassion. Jesus had and has the compassion to heal people from physical suffering. He listens and hears their needs. He can give you the inner peace needed to survive with life’s struggles. The real love and compassion for every human being was when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He showed the greatest compassion for all humanity on earth by giving his life for us to have the opportunity to live eternally. The words from Jesus is to “be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.” (Lk 6:36)

It's definitely not always easy to show compassion, especially when we feel like someone is being hateful or deceitful. Compassion is a true mark of Christian character. Through compassion our humanity grows into its fullness. I love the quote, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

Work Cited:

Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life By Donald P. McNeill, Douglas A. Morrison, Henri J. M. Nouwen

Bible: KJV Luke 6:36

Quote: “Love and compassion are necwessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” -Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

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