Cross-Centered Compassion or Human Sympathy? When is it mercy and when is it enabling?

When Mercy Goes Bad

Cross-centered Compassion

Every virtue’s extreme is a vice. Church folklore abounds with horror stories of the manipulative and corrupt use of charismatic gifts, such as prophecy or the so-called “power” gifts.  Yet much damage is often done to people by the misuse of another grace endowment. It is often the least recognizable for abuse.  Its misuse has high potential to destroy and divide a faith community. It is the gift of mercy/compassion.

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