In this month's message, we are reminded to have compassion and to be kind as the Saviour was.
I thought I knew what compassion meant: to be kind and show mercy, but we learn that “compassion means literally ‘to suffer with.’ It also means to show sympathy, pity, and mercy for another.”
The handout for this month is taken from one of the additional scriptures listed in 1 Peter 3:8. There is a part that says to "be pitiful." This caught me off guard being told to be pitiful as it implies being pathetic or inadequate. After looking at the word used in Japanese (awaremi), I learned that it means pity or compassion. So we are not being told to be pitiful but rather, to have pity and to suffer with those in need.
Another part of the message I enjoyed is by President Monson: “The Savior has always shown unlimited capacity for compassion. … Let us open the door of our hearts, that He—the living example of true compassion—may enter.”