Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 30, 2011

Compassion

2Co 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.

The word “compassion” is in the Bible at least 73 times.  Many of those times describe the feelings of Jesus for those around Him.   Compassion is defined as: sympathy and understanding for others, including a desire to help others. Synonyms (words that mean the same) are: sympathy, empathy, kindness, understanding, mercy, pity, and heart.  The Gospels are full of descriptions of Jesus having compassion on others.  We are to do what Jesus did.  That means we must show compassion on those around us.  Our human tendency is to criticize, make fun of or even ignore people we see who are most in the need of our compassion.  We judge them without knowing anything about them.  When we’re driving down the street and observe homeless the least we can do is pray for them.  We might be the only one to pray for them.  We may not be in a position to go help in a food pantry but most of us can donate some food or money to help feed the hungry.  Have you been to a nursing home to visit the lonely?  Have you held the door open for a stranger?  Have you told a sales clerk to have a good day or said, “God bless you.”?  There are so many ways to show compassion.  The best way is to ask God how the showing of His compassion is needed in each situation we see.  Then we must obey what He says.  We are His compassion on this earth.

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