Compassion. What comes to your mind when you hear that word? My heart immediately begins singing…
“Everyone needs compassion, a love that’s never failing, let mercy fall on me.
Everyone needs forgiveness, the kindness of a Savior, the hope of nations.” *
What is compassion? A heartfelt sympathy for another’s hurts or troubles, and a desire to come alongside and help. Empathy.
Jesus had compassion for the people around Him, time and time again. He never turned a blind eye. Never.
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” ~ Matthew 9:35-36 (KJV)
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” ~ Matthew 14:14 (KJV)
“So Jesus had compassion [on them], and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.” ~ Matthew 20:34 (KJV)
“And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth [his] hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.” ~ Mark 1:40-41 (KJV)
“I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:” ~ Mark 8:2 (KJV)
We are told to also have compassion.
“Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous:” ~ 1 Peter 3:8 (KJV)
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” ~ 1 John 3:17 (KJV)
“And of some have compassion, making a difference:” ~ Jude 1:22 (KJV)
Making a difference.
What is the opposite of compassion? Indifference. Apathy. Oh, how that has taken ahold of our nation!
What can we do? This world is so desperate. People are starving, poor, abused, hurting, and dying. Dying. Dying alone and desperate, without compassion shown and love given. Without knowing the Savior, Jesus.
Again, what can we do? Pray. Ask God to show us ways we can show compassion and help others around us.
Sponsor a child. (I know, I know, I keep beating that drum…that’s where my heart is!) 🙂
Give. Donate time and money locally. Make a difference.
Or, check out Gospel For Asia’s Compassion Services and choose a ministry to which you’d like to donate. They have so many ways they reach out to the desperate people of Asia, through their Slum, Leprosy, and Medical Ministries, as well as their Flood/Disaster Relief work.
Like Jesus, GFA is reaching out to the poor, the outcast, the diseased, the sick, the desperate. And they are showing compassion, and “the kindness of a Savior”, while meeting needs. Temporary, physical needs are met, and the eternal “hope of nations” is being given, as well.
Pray. Reach out. Give. Love. And have compassion.
“Savior, He can move the mountains, my God is mighty to save, mighty to save.
Forever, Author of Salvation, He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave!”
~ From the song “Mighty To Save” by Hillsong United *