Compassion

“Compassion — A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering” (Webster’s Dictionary).
Compassion is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see what it must be like for him. It implies a measure of unselfishness, because you must be aware that others have feelings, too. A person fixated only on his own needs, his own desires, will be unable to comprehend that others can be hurt, too.
Jesus was often depicted as acting in compassion:
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14).
“Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way” (Matthew 15:32).
“Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him” (Matthew 20:34).
Compassion was a dominating feature of Jesus’ personality. He cared for people in their suffering. He did two things from which we can learn. He could feel for someone besides himself, and he acted on that understanding — warmly, effectively, lovingly. It stands out because we live in a world that is selfish, apathetic, and uncaring.
Do you feel for those in need, those who are hurting? Are you looking for them? Will you act?

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