1 Peter 3:8-9

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. 1 Peter 3:8

There is a connection shared by some twins that some have described as a sixth sense. There have been reports of one twin experiencing serious injury and the other, who may be nowhere around, actually feeling pain. This is good illustration of, “having compassion one of another.” When we have compassion for another, we have a deep sense of their suffering. This is coupled with a desire to help relieve that suffering.

That Peter would encourage his readers to have a compassion is interesting because they had enough suffering of their own. They were persecuted Christians scattered across the countryside. But in an effort to encourage them, Peter admonished them to be consciously aware of and seek to relieve the suffering of their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Often, our own suffering is lessened as we focus on encouraging others who suffer.

Lord, give me a compassionate heart that is aware of and seeks to relieve others sufferings.

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