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cropped-rose-4.gifMatthew 14:14, “When Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them”

Colossians 3:12, “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”
Luke 19:41, “As [Jesus] drew near, He saw the city and wept over it”

Psalm 111:4 says that, “The LORD is gracious and full of compassion.” Are you a compassionate person? The dictionary defines compassion as a powerful deep awareness of someone else’s suffering. It’s more than a mere desire to help; it creates a determination, a decision to actually help, even if only in some small way. Other related words would be sympathy (being sad about others’ sadness) or pity (which leads a person to want to help if at all possible). The root word is the same as that of passion, something you want so much that you suffer from not doing or having or accomplishing it.

In our hectic and busy lives, we tend to be so caught up with our own concerns and problems that we lose all sense of compassion for others. As believers in Christ we should see people through the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ and then we’ll be moved to respond to individuals, whether little children, unsaved friends, parents, or believers of like faith.

When we look at the life of Jesus Christ, we see Him involved in ministries of compassion. I’m mindful of Jairus who begged Him to come and heal his daughter, Jesus went with him (Mark 5:22-24). On the way, when a woman interrupted the procession, Jesus stopped and took the time to speak a healing word to her (Mark 5:25-34), and the many times we read in the Scriptures of Jesus healing people who were physically sick, delivering people who had spiritual oppression, and doing miracles to feed people.

Closing thoughts:

Actor Bruce Marchiano wanted to see the world through the eyes of the character he was playing. So as he prepared for the role of Jesus in a presentation of Matthew’s Gospel, he prayed, “Lord, show me what it all looks like through Your eyes.” His prayer was answered one day while he was filming the Lord’s heartbroken denunciation of the unrepentant cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida (Matthew 11:20-22). He began to weep uncontrollably as he looked at the people around him.

Marchiano said that he “saw people living their lives in ways that God didn’t plan.” He likened his reaction to what parents might feel if they saw their toddler walking into the street as a truck was coming. Marchiano realized that compassion is not just feeling sorry for people; it’s a heartache so intense that it moves us to action.

As Jesus walked among people, He saw them as shepherd less sheep – spiritually ignorant, without hope, eternally lost. Moved with compassion, He taught them and used His supernatural power to meet their needs (Matthew 9:35). Do we see people through the eyes of Jesus? Are we moved with compassion, not with just a passing twinge of pity but a profound reaction that motivates action?

Wherever we go, we will encounter people who need compassion. Perhaps these words from the apostle Paul can help us view everyone around us in a different light—as people who need the gentle touch of grace. “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12). The apostle Paul also suggests that we “bear with each other and forgive one another” (v. 13). Always remember that as we show compassion, we will be pointing others to the One (Jesus Christ) who poured out His heart of grace and compassion on us.

True compassion puts love into action.