I was recently asked to speak at Good News Bible Church about compassion. As I contemplated what to say, I realized my concept of compassion was a little fuzzy.
Compassion feels like a warm fuzzy kind of word. But what does the Bible teach about compassion? Is it a feeling? Is it an action?
Compassion matters to Jesus. He would rather have your compassion than your sacrifice. Jesus said, “But go and learn what this means: I desire compassion and not sacrifice,” Matthew 9:13
Seeing Precedes Compassion
- Jesus saw
Seeing the people, Jesus felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36
- The Good Samaritan saw
But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion. Luke 10:33
- The father of the Prodigal Son saw
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20
The first step toward a life of compassion is seeing. Are you too busy to see?
Let me encourage you today to see the people who are all around you. Lift your eyes up and look – really look!