<<kindness, care>>

We are to have mercy or pity for those in need, being willing to embrace the pain of their suffering. Compassion differs from sympathy in that it just doesn’t feel sorry for the

Am I a person of compassion?

person, rather in genuine concern and love, it acts to remedy the situation as appropriate.  This kindness is ‘love in action’, practicing the golden rule of doing good to others as illustrated in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 6:31, 10:25-37).

God is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (Ps 86:15). Jesus, bearing the Father’s attributes, was termed “the man of sorrows [who was] acquainted with grief”. He entered into the heartache of humanity, being “touched with the feeling of their infirmities”, and died a painful death that we might experience eternal life (Isa 53:3; Jn 11:35; Heb 4:15). He continues to show compassion on those that fear (reverence) Him (Ps 103:13).

Like Jesus we are to display compassion for others – expressing mercy in the same bountiful measure we have experienced by loving our neighbour as ourselves (Mt 15:32, 18:23-35; Mk 12:31; Act 10:38; 1 Pet 3:8; 1 Jn 3:17). 

When was the last compassionate act I undertook?                                           Is that a sobering thought?

See also: empathy, golden rule, good works, kindness, love, sympathy.

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