Having compassion for those that have hurt us and or harmed us is a hard thing to do.
Because of our Lord’s mercies we are not consumed. His mercies are endless and His compassion’s never fail.
As the sun rises with every new dawn, His compassion’s and mercies are new every morning. Faithfully, He is actively moved by His pity and sympathy to heal and ease our sufferings. Praise be to our loving God!
Compassion is actions in motion. Compassion does not stand still or permit us to ignore problems. It will never turn away when someone is in need. With compassionate hearts, we are to put our sympathy into action and work to ease the suffering of others.
Do you have an ache in your heart when you see others affected by tornado, hurricanes, and fires? 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 aide in their comfort.
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…. For free. 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.
“Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, because His compassion’s fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22 – 23 NKJV
In Greek “Compassion” is defined as “Inward Affection, Pity or Sympathy, yearning.” What compassion means literally is “Suffering With Another!”
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 struggles will propel us into action when we see others suffering a heartache that we know all too well.
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 compassion. Some effort and time are required, but the investment will be worth any inconvenience you may endure. Indeed, you will not only bless those you reach out to but yourself as well.
“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)