Compassion is love put into action. In Greek “Compassion” is defined as “Inward Affection, Pity or Sympathy, Yearning.” What compassion really means is “Suffering With Another!” It does not stand still or permit us to ignore problems. It will never turn away when someone is in need. With sympathetic hearts, we are to put tender kindness into action and work to ease the suffering of others.
Because of our Lord’s mercies we are not consumed. His mercies are endless and His compassions never fail. As the sun rises with every new dawn, His compassions and mercies are new every morning. Faithfully, Jesus is actively moved with pity and sympathy to heal and ease our sufferings.
“Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)”
Do you have an ache in your heart when hearing about families affected by tornados, hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters? Are you one who volunteers to sift through the ashes of burnt homes with hopes of finding some object that survived the blaze? If yes, you are acting out of compassion for those who lost so much, hoping some small familiar object will bring a measure of comfort to them.
Maybe you have volunteered to rebuild homes that were lost in a recent hurricane. This is an act of mercy and compassion as well. You put your concern into action…. Free of charge! Have you ever volunteered to raise money for a cancer patient or accident victim? This again is compassion. Acts of love and mercy can be as simple as making a meal for a senior citizen who is lonely and in need of company.
Jesus was frequently moved with compassion before healing others. In Matthew 1:40, we read about a leper who approached Jesus in a humble and imploring manner. While kneeling down to Christ he said, “IF You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus was moved with compassion and reached out to him. Immediately the leprosy left the man and he was cleansed.
How then can we grow in our compassion for others? First, we can lay aside all judgments and walk in their shoes. We can also attempt to look at matters with the eyes of Christ. Ask yourself, “How would Jesus react?” With eyes of unconditional love, what assistance are you able to provide?
Many of us, in order to gain a heart of compassion, will have to suffer through personal trials. Weathering a difficult storm allows us to view things with a Godly perspective. Past personal struggles will propel us into action when we see others suffering heartaches that we know all too well ourselves.
I encourage you to act when the Holy Spirit gives you a heart of compassion. Don’t quench the Spirit by sitting…. Move! Love in action is full of sensitivity. True compassion is not complacent or lazy. Some effort and time are required, but the investment you make will be worth any inconvenience you may endure. Indeed, you will not only bless those you reach out to but yourself as well.
“Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)
“Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.” Mark 1:40-42 (NKJV)
“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14 (NKJV)