Compassion, What Does It Really Mean?
How am I to live it, walk it, daily in my life?
“Compassion is the feeling of empathy for others. Compassion is the emotion that we feel in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. Compassion is often regarded as having an emotional aspect to it, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity based on sound judgment. There is also an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual’s compassion is often given a property of “depth,” “vigour,” or “passion. ” The etymology of “compassion” is Latin, meaning “co-suffering.” More involved than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. Compassion is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. In ethical terms, the expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule often embodies by implication the principle of compassion: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” – Wikipedia
Compassion is about loving, caring, and reaching out to all kinds of individuals in all walks of life regardless of age, race, economic status, religion, etc.
Is this what Jesus did?
Yes indeed, he lived it, modeling for us how!
Jesus went beyond all cultural norms to alleviate the suffering and pain of others.
When Jesus saw the coffin which contained the body of the only son of a widow,
he had compassion on her sorrow and said, “Weep not.”
At Jericho Jesus had compassion on two blind men sitting by the wayside,
and by touching their eyes they immediately received sight.
Upon seeing the great multitude near the Sea of Galilee,
Jesus again was moved with compassion and healed their sick.
Seeing the hunger of the multitude Jesus said to his disciple,
“I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and they have nothing to eat, and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in their way.”
On seeing the loneliness of being lepers,
Jesus was moved with compassion to touch and heal them.
On going through the cities teaching in the synagogues, Jesus again was moved with compassion when he saw the multitudes as sheep without a shepherd.
Compassion is all about being sensitive to the movement of people who God allows to move in and out our lives, ever so quickly or lingering longer, and possessing a heart that beats in union with His!
It’s about being there for those who are overlooked, needly, bullied, silenced, overwhelmed, lonely, abandoned, sick, mentally ill, challenged, struggling with financial burdens, emotionally burdened, and spiritually lost.
developing into a God moment, an invitation to take part in their painful story, turning what once was viewed as ashes into joyful dancing!
We tend to be quick to judge with what we do not understand!
Do we really get it? Barely, you think!
I’ve come to realize more deeply how important it is to keep our minds, thoughts, lives, and hearts open to the people not only in our realm of influence, but to those who pass by for only a brief moment!
A simple hug, an encouraging word, a visit to those who are sick and in need a friend can make all the difference between life and death.
Many are suffering in bondage, prison (physically, spiritually, emotionally) and need someone to come alongside to aid in helping them be set free!
Compassion is that road, often the forgotten path into to unlocking the door of someones heart to experience true freedom from what burdens!
Let’s be that person who embodies Christ in being compassion’s vessel today!
Let’s together be a force for change, a change NOT easily forgotten, embrace that which creates a road back to freedom. A more compassionate way in response to God’s calling upon our heart!