Compassion is an understanding of the emotional state of another; it is often combined with a desire to alleviate or reduce the suffering of another or to show a special kindness to those who suffer. Scientific studies suggest that there are physical benefits to practicing compassion. It seems that people who practice it produce 100 per cent more DHEA, which is a hormone that counteracts the aging process, and 23 per cent less cortisol – the ‘stress’ hormone. If you were to think about one word that would characterize the ministry of Jesus while he was on this earth, you might say that Jesus was compassion in the flesh. It’s the emotion and behaviour most often attributed to him. He healed out of compassion; taught out of compassion; preached out of compassion. Why is it important for us to follow this example? Join us as we continue our series on the unshakable life.