beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Colossians 3:12-15
It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals were dying because of the cold. It was then the hedgehogs, realized their critical situation, and they decided to group together to keep warm. This way they were able to cover and protect themselves; but all to soon, they noticed that the quills of each of them was wounding their closest companions.
After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other to keep from being hurt, even though they truly did care for one another. It wasn't long before they began to die... alone... they froze to death.
Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the very ones protecting them from the cold and snow.
This is how the hedgehogs survived the severe weather. This is how they learned that there is always some pain that goes with life... but if they stayed close together... their pain was shared with their family and friends.
Sadly, being close to one another means we easily and most definitely will get hurt at times. However, if we pull apart from one another we face another type of hurt, which like the hedgehog, might be even more detrimental.
The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but one where each individual learns to live together with their imperfections. We need to take a higher road... called love to live in harmony and peace.
In showing mercy and kindness to those in our family and to our Christian brothers and sisters, we bring to them comfort and contentment. Our compassion for one another should be done on a daily basis if we want our lives to be peaceable and pleasing to God.
A smile from a sincere heart brings warmth and understanding, a touch on the hand conveys human warmth. An empathetic expression or a kind word to someone who is hurting may be all that it takes to bring some contentment or peacefulness.
The evidence of Christ, when clearly confirmed in our lives, will compel us to show just such compassion and mercy to one another. Merciful Christians are Gods own advocates and disciples! They are the voice, the hands, the feet and the actions of God! They bring joy and build faith in the hearts of those who are hurting!
Live like a hedgehog! Stay close to one another and show a little compassion... and a little love to someone today!