In the first chapter of Exodus, Pharaoh orders all male Hebrew babies killed. His daughter would have known about this law. However, when she went down to the Nile River to bathe she did not immediately act on the order. Instead when she found a Hebrew baby floating in a basket she choose to have compassion. She decided to adopt him and raise him as her own. She paid the baby’s own mother to care for him until he was old enough to live with her and when he came to her she named him Moses, which sounds like the Hebrew word for draw out, because she had drawn him out of the water.
Pharaoh’s daughter did not have to be kind. She probably made her father angry by saving the Hebrew boy. But she shows us an example of Godly character. God wants us to be compassionate or show kindness to someone who is hurting, even when it is not popular. Pharaoh’s daughter did not worship God but she knew right from wrong and knew that compassion is a good thing. Go used her kind heart to save the nation of Israel from slavery and oppression.
So how can you be compassionate? Do you know someone that sits all alone at lunch as school? Sit with them. Do you know someone that gets left out on the playground? Play with them. Do you know someone that others pick on? Make an effort to say something nice to them. Watch for people who look sad and spend time with them or just give them a big smile. It might just make their day!
Take the time to give to those in need, for example:
Take the time to collect gently used clothing or toys for a less fortunate child. Take your child to the store and help them purchase some of their favorite foods to donate to a food pantry or take them to work at a soup kitchen or other food distribution location.
Teach compassion young, the lesson lasts a life time!