Compassion

The saying is proverbial: “People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you #care.” There is a measure of truth in that.

Consider the case of Jesus #Christ. Much significance has been attributed to Jesus’ deep emotional response to his friends’ weeping, and his own tears. Weeping demonstrates that #Christ was a true man, with real bodily functions such as tears, sweat, blood, eating and drinking.

The book of Hebrews states. “For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one who has been tempted like as we are, yet without sin (4:15).” Of special interest is the term “touched.” the meaning is to feel with and our English “sympathy” is derived from this word.

Below we present Heart Touching Photos Posted on Godinterest in February 2015

…a child of the Erbore tribe, #Ethiopia

…Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor feeds a 2-week-old kitten named Miss Hap after her mother had been killed during a mortar attack in #Korea

The #Lord is not going to miraculously deliver us from the physical effects of a sin-cursed world. It is noteworthy, though, that as we suffer, we may be assured of his genuine sympathy.

The very first wedding photo Wu Conghan and his wife Wu Songshi were able to take after getting #married 88 years prior.

…..Specialist Dean Oldt, a marksman with the 101st Airborne, is reunited with his father. “Does Jesus care, when our hearts our pained, too deeply for mirth and song? When the burdens press and the cares distress, as the day grows weary and long?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes, he cares, we know he cares; his heart is touched with our grief.” Our knowledge of this fact is grounded in the biblical information we have just surveyed. Be comforted by it.

….A survivor finds a photo album and cherished memories in the remains of his home after an earthquake in Sichuan, China.  When we are afflicted with disease, pain or loss of life, he cares. When we are grieving the loss of dear ones, he cares. When we are confused, and in a maze of misdirection, desperately needing leadership, he has compassion for us. When we are mistreated, he feels for us.

When we dredge ourselves into the mire of sin, he grieves over that disaster. When, in hardness of heart, we even hatefully oppose him, he continues to feel for us. Is this not absolutely amazing? How can one continue to resist him in view of these wonderful truths? Can not the “goodness of God” lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4)? And what of our need to exhibit compassion to others? Can we not exclaim: “I will show compassion to others, because my Savior first showed compassion to me” (cf. 1 John 4:19)?

How the environment of our society, our homes, and our churches would be transformed if more adorned themselves with the mantle of compassion. What do you think?

 

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17 Comments on “Compassion

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  2. “What the world needs now, is love sweet love…” And compassion. It’s a topic that comes up in my marriage often. I tear up and express sympathy at sad commercials and news. My husband snickers indicating the poor soul deserved it. I know his view is soured after years in the US Army, but I ask where his compassion is day in and day out. I am sad to have it be a mar in our relationship, but pray that God help me to inspire compassion in his soul since God has had such great compassion, sympathy, empathy, and patience with us. Yes, the world would be a better place with less passion and more compassion.

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  4. Hi there! I’m not sure whether this blog has one author or multiple authors? In any case I have a curious question. I’m honestly a person that has recently transitioned from Christianity and found my home among the skeptics of this world. That being said I think we would agree very much on the side of having compassion and alleviating suffering.

    One of the main things that seemed emphasized in this post was the idea that god cares. I could sense that there is something about that idea of intimacy and concern that resonates with you, am I right? In your opinion is this compassion best lived out and demonstrated by human beings in the present, rather than god himself? What I mean is, are humans the tool that god uses to alleviate suffering? Thanks for your perspective!

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