Having A Passion For Compassion!

Having A Passion For Compassion!

Will you please join me today in discussing one of my most favorite words? What's the word you may ask? Compassion! Just saying the word aloud gives me a sense of joy, contentment and peace! 

Compassion defined from The Webster's Online Bible Dictionary: "Suffering with another; pity; painful sympathy; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another."

Here's a simple definition of compassion I heard several years ago,
"Compassion doesn't just see a need, it does something to help meet that need."

Compassion

puts feet

to the pity

which

you feel

for

someone else!

Let's take a look at just a few examples where compassion is shown in God's Word.

The prodigal son 

You can read the entire account in Luke 15:11-32

I'd like to focus on the following verse,

"And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him."

Luke 15:20

Notice the father didn't just stand on the front porch waving to his son waiting for him to arrive at home. No, the father ran a great way, fell on his son's neck and kissed him! 

But he didn't stop there!

"But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:"

Luke 15:22-23

The Good Samaritan

You can read the entire story in Luke 10:30-37

A certain man had been attacked by thieves, stripped of his clothes and wounded almost to the point of death.

"And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side."
Luke 10:31

"And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side."
Luke 10:32

NO

COMPASSION

shown

by either

of

these men!

But here's the verse which speaks volumes!

"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,"
Luke 10:33

And it goes on to say,

"And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee."
Luke 10:34-35

THAT'S

COMPASSION!

Of course the best example of compassion we have in the Bible is that of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We had

a tremendous

NEED

we could

not meet,

but

JESUS

could!

Jesus loved us so much and demonstrated exceeding compassion by stretching out His arms and allowing Himself to be nailed to that old rugged cross for the sins of the entire of world! 

THE

ULTIMATE

DEMONSTRATION

OF

COMPASSION! 

You may be saying,

"But, Barb, I don't have a wayward child. It's not every day I encounter a wounded person. And, well, we know that none of us can do what Jesus did. So how can I show compassion to others?"

Very good question!

I'd like to share three simple examples from my own life to help you understand how easy showing compassion to others really can be!

castingyourcare.org

Last week I faintly heard my phone "ding". Couldn't tell if it was notifying me of an e-mail or a text message. Kind of figured it was just an e-mail from one of my favorite online stores letting me know of a new sale!

BUT much to my surprise, it was a text message from a BEST friend whom I've known and loved for MANY MANY years.

When I looked at her text message this is what I saw,

castingyourcare.org

It made

me

smile

SO BIG!

Aren't you SO VERY thankful for friends who follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit!

We texted just a bit, and then I hit the "call" button. As soon as I heard her voice, all I got out was, "Hi", followed by a stream of tears! My friend let me pour out my heart, and by the time we hung up, thirty minutes later, I was happy, smiling and laughing!

This friend sent me a text message which was a form of compassion used by the Lord to brighten up my day!

I've known and loved this next friend for about five years. She knows I live with a chronic illness and that I battle symptoms on a daily basis.

She doesn't just "pity" me, she goes out of her way to private message me on facebook. She sends Scripture verses in picture form. Greetings just to say, "Hi", messages to let me know she's praying for me or just wanting to know how I'm feeling! 

This friend sends me messages through facebook which is a form of compassion used by the Lord to brighten up my days!

I heard last week from another very good friend whom I've known and loved for over twenty plus years. She, too, was aware I was experiencing an exceptionally difficult time. So what did she do?

She sent me a very beautiful card, but it was the personal words which she wrote that were the true treasure. The fact she included a message to Brian made it even more special! Her words were uplifting, reassuring, like a cold drink of water in a desert land.

This friend sent me a card which is a form of compassion used by the Lord to brighten up my day!

I chose these three examples for two reasons.

First, to show how simple showing compassion to others truly can be.

Secondly, to demonstrate that if you are like me, who deals with a daily chronic illness and can't get out of your house often, you can STILL be a compassionate person.

You can text others from your home.

You can make a simple phone call to someone who is struggling, and offer them a listening ear. But be sure NOT to make the conversation ALL about yourself! Allow the other person to do the talking. If anything turn the talk towards the Lord!

You can send encouraging private messages through facebook or Instagram.

If you can't get out to buy a card, you can find free e-cards in which to send to others.

There is

ALWAYS

a way

to show

COMPASSION

to others!

castingyourcare.org

Would you

please take

a moment

and ask

the Lord

to whom,

and how,

He would

have you 

show

compassion

TODAY?


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May God Bless You,

Barb

2 Comments

  • Zebra4Jesus

    October 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm Reply

    O Barb!! I so love this!! I'm so grateful we can show compassion! I'm also living the reminder, let them talk about them and turn the conversation to the Lord. With a chronic illness is so easy to get caught up in the day to day struggle to just get out of bed and face the day. But it's so rewarding to hear other people, even if they are healthy and you so don't get their energy LOL. But you can always find someone with more trials than Your own.
    HUGS and PRAYERS for your day. Your fellow Zebra

    • Barb

      October 5, 2018 at 1:55 pm Reply

      My fellow Zebra, once again, it was a complete joy to hear from you! Your words are always uplifting and a blessing. I praise the Lord for bringing you into my life! Sending you loads of hugs, love and appreciation just for being YOU ❤❤

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