(1 John 3:17 – pity, compassion)
One of the Greek words
for “passion” is σπλαγχνοις,
refers to a rumbling or
disturbance in a person’s belly.
Compassion, then, might be described
as a shared or connected gut-feeling.
It is feeling for another at
the innermost level.
Compassion is the perspective that
effectively lowers our own self-importance
and raises the importance of others,
while accentuating the web
that connects us all.
The aphorism, “No guts, no glory.”
may be a game-changer;
but “No guts (σπλαγχνοις), no gospel.”
is a life-transformer.
© 2012 Todd Jenkins