According to the dictionary, Compassion means “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” It also includes mercy and tenderness towards others”.
The Bible describes Compassion in many ways. We are to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves … defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9). Do not just talk about helping but put action behind it. “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
Maybe your friend needs a helping hand on a project, a family member needs help paying a bill or maybe someone is hungry and needs a meal. During these types of situations, it can be easy to step in and lend a helping hand. But, what about when others treat you wrong or say something that really hurts your feelings? Are you still suppose to be compassionate towards them?
Ask yourself this question…How do you react when someone hurts you? Do you get angry or frustrated? Do you quit speaking to them? Do you try to get even?
One of the hardest lessons we learn during difficult situations is to follow what Matthew 7:12 says, “…whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them.” But why is it so important to God that we should be compassionate towards each other, lend helping hands, and to forgive our enemies?
If you take a moment to really think about that question, you’ll realize that God is ALL LOVE! He has forgiven us throughout generations and wants us to be like Him. If he can forgive us, time and time again, then how can we possibly hold a grudge against someone else when they too, are made in His image. Sure, we all make mistakes and fall short. But, the most important thing to realize is that we should get up, forgive ourselves and others, and press forward to be loving and compassionate. In Ephesians 4:32, we are told: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
So, the next time someone hurts you, show them mercy (Matthew 5:7) and don’t hold grudges (Romans 12:17-21) If you see someone in need, lend them a helping hand. (Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 25:34-45) We are to always strive to be loving and compassionate towards all. No matter what we face, we can be certain that God will cut off our enemies and will give us victory in the end. (Psalm 143:12) That alone should make us strive to be more loving and caring towards others.
I always like to think of it this way…
When I do a small act of love towards another, it just might be the very thing that brings them to Christ. By a small action, you might trigger a chain of events that just might mean the world of difference to them.