JESUS INVITES US TO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK—to stand up to violation with dignity, personal power, courage, and a commitment to survive, even flourish, in the face of that which would degrade us. As such, the way of radical compassion does not diminish our humanity, minimize our needs for healing and wholeness, leave us vulnerable to violation, silence us, eclipse us, or render us powerless.
It acts in ways that embolden our personal power in the face of an abuser. These acts could include saying no, setting boundaries, asserting our voice, honoring our needs, claiming space, gathering solidarity, confronting abuse, reporting violations, or securing a season of healing away from the difficult situation. These are acts of empowered compassion, that is showing compassion toward ourselves.
– Frank Rogers Jr.
Compassion in Practice
From page 127 of Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus by Frank Rogers Jr. Copyright © 2016 by Frank Rogers Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
How do you show compassion to yourself? Share your thoughts.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
2 Timothy 4:18, NRSV
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