Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Several stories in the Bible depict the compassion Jesus had for others. I have wondered for years why people don’t seem to have compassion for others as they did in the past. Have we become numb to horrific disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, fires, and floods that devastate people’s lives. Are we more concerned about ourselves than others? I don’t have the answer, but I do know that I pray for the entire world to share God’s love, compassion, kindness, and grace with others.
Jesus gives us an excellent example of how His heart overflowed with compassion.
“A funeral procession was coming out as Jesus approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.”
Luke 7:12-15 NLT