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The Definition of Compassion

by Stuart Gillespie
Posted Sunday 25th July, 2004, 9:30am

"Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, "I have compassion on the multitude" - Matthew 15:32

What is compassion? Is it more than concern or pity?

The dictionary defines compassion as "A deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it".

Compassion is not just an emotion, it is an emotion that leads to an action.

Jesus showed compassion when he seen the lame, blind, mute, etc. and healed them, but more than that Jesus had so much compassion for the world that He died on the cross for you and me.

Throughout the Bible it shows us the compassion of God as He chooses not to destroy the world due to the wickedness (remember Sodom & Gomorrah).

Psalm 145:8 says "The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy." The Lord not only showed us compassion at the cross but every day when we sin against Him.

How should we react? 1 John 3:17-18 says "But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth."

This week let us remember the compassion of the Lord and show compassion to someone in need.

May god richly bless you this week.

Stuart


Stuart Gillespie is the Pastor of Calvary Chapel, Stirling.
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