We’re in the second week of the 49-day Counting of the Omer. As I shared earlier, Aish HaTorah, an excellent Orthodox Jewish organization, has organized this counting around 7 important character traits that are part of all humanity. In preparation for Shavuot, when we received the Torah as a united nation, many people use the Counting of the Omer to improve their character traits and their sense of unity as a People of God.
I am interacting with some of Aish’s ideas, adding some comments from ha-B’rit Hadashah (the New Covenant) and offering some personal thoughts.
Underlying and driving discipline must not only be love, but also compassion. Compassion is unconditional love. It is love just for the sake of love, not considering the others position. Tiferet is a result of total selflessness in the eyes of God. You love for no reason; you love because you are a reflection of God. Does my discipline have this element of compassion?
Exercise for the day: Be compassionate to someone you have reproached, rejected, or rebuffed. That shows unconditional love, just as God demonstrated through Yeshua’s sacrifice.