The Holy Spirit, thru Paul, has commanded us to weep with those who weep- sharing the compassion that has been shared with us. But does that apply to those that are not like us? To the 'other', are they deserving of our compassion? Or should we first test them...to see how much like us they are. If they are close enough then we extend, otherwise, we focus on their shortcomings- is that our mandate?
Recently bombings in houses of worship are on the increase (although the US media is selective in its coverage), with New Zealand being the most current. This house of worship was a mosque...and the religion was Islam. Do we extend or do we consider their religion?
Eph.2:11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh...remember that you were at that time separated from Christ...having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
The Holy Spirit is saying that we were exactly like them OUTSIDE the kingdom, hostile...without God, having no hope. That was us. And God in His mercy showed us compassion.
Now, we must do likewise.