What is compassion? In the New Testament, the Greek word of “compassion” speaks of an inner feeling and is used to describe Christ’s attitude toward multitudes and individuals.
Here are the responses when a man fell in a ditch: A realist states that “That is a ditch.” An optimist responds in saying, “Things will get better.” But a pessimist says, “Things will get worse.” A reporter saw the incident and told the man, “I’ll pay you for an exclusive story about life in the ditch.” Then Jesus came along and said, “Give me your hand.” As you can see, the compassion of Jesus Christ is not only just a feeling, but an action as well!
Let’s ponder the Parable of the Good Samaritan and find out the essence of compassion (Luke 10:25–37).
33But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. (Luke 10:33–34 ESV)
Let’s pose a question to God. “Dear God, could You mould me to be a more compassionate person?”
Let’s practice what you learnt. Pray that you can be more compassionate.
Let’s proclaim to others about your experiential knowledge. Share your pursuit to be more compassionate with a Christian friend.