Dictionary definition for compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
Andrew Murray said, “Compassion is the spirit of love which is awakened by the sight of need or wretchedness. What abundant occasion is there every day for the practice of this heavenly virtue, and what a need of it in a world so full of misery and sin! Every Christian ought therefore by prayer and practice to cultivate a compassionate heart, as one of the most precious marks of likeness to the blessed Master. Everlasting love longs to give itself to a perishing world, and to find its satisfaction in saving the lost. It seeks for vessels which it may fill with the love of God, and send out among the dying that they may drink and live forever. It asks hearts to fill with its own tender compassion at the sight of all the need in which sinners live, hearts that will reckon it their highest blessedness, as the dispensers of God’s compassion, to live entirely to bless and save sinners. O my brother, the everlasting compassion which has had mercy on thee calls thee, as one who has obtained mercy, to come and let it fill thee. It will fit thee, in thy compassion on all around, to be a witness to God’s compassionate love.” (Like Christ: In His Compassion. Andrew Murray).
Depending on the bible version you use there are more than 90 specific references to compassion in the Bible. Most Old Testament verses refer to the Lord's compassion toward His people and most New Testament verses refer to Jesus' compassion on those in need. Let's look at just a few.
The Lord will always have compassion on us. (2 Kings 13:23, Nehemiah 9:27, Psalm 103:13, Isaiah 54:8)
Jesus felt compassion to those in need. (Matthew 9:36, 14:14, 15:32-39, 20:34, Mark 6:34, 8:2, Luke 15:20, etc.)
Those who walk with the Lord will have compassion. (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12-13, Philippians 2:1-2, 1 Peter 3:8)
Compassion fulfills the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
The compassionate heart is wanting. Compassion looks upon the deepest misery as the place prepared for her by God, and is attracted by it. Compassion never wearies, never gives up hope. Compassion will not allow itself to be rejected, for it is the self-denying love of Christ which inspires it. Adrew Murray
In short – Compassion is Love in Action! “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” 1 John 2:6
Think of a person you know who is in need. What tends to keep you and/or others from being compassionate to this person? From what we have just read above and the scriptures, what changes do you and or others need to make within yourselves in order for to help that person who is in need?
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to be more compassionate... Love in Action... May I not be compassionate in word only, but in deed. May I follow your example by doing something about the needs of others..... Love in Action... Compassion.... In Jesus name, Amen.
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