1 Peter 3:8, “Finally, be
ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as
brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”
Acts 4:32, “And the
multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one
soul: neither said
any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his
own; but they had all things common.”
The word compassion means: sympathetic
consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to
alleviate it. It is
to have sorrow or pity for those under distress or misfortune.
should be a compassionate people.
GOD IS FULL OF COMPASSION.
The Heavenly Father has compassion for mankind.
Psalm 86:15, “But thou, O
Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious longsuffering,
and plenteous in mercy and truth.
God has compassion for weak and sinful men.
This compassion of God is beyond our human
Rom. 11:33, “O the depth
of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past
God has compassion for the entire human race.
Rom. 5:8, “But God
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us.”
2 Pet. 3:9, “The Lord is
not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
The Heavenly Father is especially compassionate toward
His faithful children.
1 Pet. 3:12, “For the
eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open
unto their prayers: but
the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
THE SON OF GOD HAD GREAT COMPASSION FOR LOST HUMANITY.
Jesus Christ had compassion for both the physical and
spiritual needs of mankind.
Matt. 9:35-36, “And Jesus
went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their
synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing
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.”
Jesus was moved with compassion because of the condition
of the people who followed Him.
These people were ignorant of God’s will; and
thus, were in a helpless and hopeless state.
On another occasion, He said, “…I
have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me
now three days, and have nothing to eat:
and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in
the way” (Matt. 15:32).
By a miracle He provided enough food from seven loaves of
bread and a few fish to feed 4,000 men, plus some women and
The Son of God had compassion for those in sorrow.
After Lazarus died, when Jesus came to where Mary, the
sister of Lazarus, was located, the scripture states, “When
Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which
came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And
said, Where have ye laid him?
They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
Jesus wept” (John 11:33-35).
We can have consolation of knowing that Jesus Christ is a
sympathetic High Priest.
Heb. 4:15, “For we have
not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of
our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are,
yet without sin.”
When Jesus ascended back to heaven, He became our High
Jesus is a compassionate High Priest in that He lived in
the flesh and experienced suffering and temptation.
We can be thankful that we have a sympathetic High Priest
to plead for us before the Heavenly Father.
1 Tim. 2:5, “For there is
one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ
1 John 2:1-2, “My little
children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous:
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole
HOW CAN WE SHOW COMPASSION TOWARD OTHERS?
Love is a motivating emotion of the compassionate.
Isaiah 49:15, “Can a
woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have
compassion on the son of her womb?
Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.”
Because of a mother’s love for her child, she has a
deep compassion for that child.
It has been said, that, “Sympathy flows from a
mother’s heart like a sparkling stream of pure water.”
If we possess love for our fellow man, we will have
compassion for them like a mother has for her child.
A compassionate person is more inclined to give
generously toward the needs of others.
1 John 3:17-18, “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? My
little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but
in deed and in truth.”
If we have the love of God in our hearts, then we will
take pity on all people who are in distress and hurting either
mentally or physically because of their situation.
This would include showing sympathy to those whose loved
ones have become seriously ill or have died.
Rom. 12:15, “Rejoice with
them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”
1 Cor. 12:26, “And
whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or
one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.”
A compassionate person will give liberally toward the
work of the local congregation in reaching others with the
gospel of Christ and assisting in the physical needs of the less
1 Cor. 16:2, “Upon the
first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store,
as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I
2 Cor. 9:7, “Every man
according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity:
for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
Our compassion for the lost will motivate us to teach
them the gospel of Christ.
Mark 6:34, “And Jesus,
when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion
toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.”
The mission of the Son of God is also our mission.
Luke 19:10, “For the Son
of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
THE COMPASSIONATE WILL RECEIVE COMPASSION.
Psalm 19:17, “He that
hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he
hath given will he pay him again.”
Matt. 5:7, “Blessed are
the merciful: for
they shall obtain mercy.”
Those who have pity on the poor and others in need will
However, if we have no pity toward others then we will
not receive any from the Lord.
Matt. 25:31-46, “When the
Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with
him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd
divideth his sheep from the goats:
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the
goats on the left. Then
shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed
of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world: For
I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat:
I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Naked, and ye clothed me:
I was sick, and ye visited me:
I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when
saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?
Or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in?
Or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto
thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say
unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart
from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the
devil and his angels: For
I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat:
I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in:
naked, and ye clothed me not:
sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw
we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or
sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did
it not to me. And
these shall go away into everlasting punishment:
but the righteous into life eternal.”
Matt. 7:12, “Therefore
all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye
even so to them: for
this is the law and the prophets.”
The story of the rich man and Lazarus is a vivid
illustration of how the unmerciful will not receive the least
bit of mercy from God after this life (Luke 16:19-31).
Gal. 6:10, “As we have
therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially
unto them who are of the household of faith.”
James 1:27, “Pure
religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep
himself unspotted from the world.”
“If I knew that a word of mine,
a word not kind and true.
Might leave its trace,
On a loved ones face,
I’d never speak harshly, Would you?
If I knew the light of a smile
Might linger the whole day through,
And brighten some heart,
With a heavier part,
I would not withhold it, would you?”