True Compassion | The Institute for Creation Research
True Compassion

“His compassions fail not” (Lamentations 3:22).

Compassion has been defined as showing sorrow, pity, and tenderness toward those in need.

The person evidencing true compassion not only sees the need, but is moved to do all that he can to meet that need. True compassion is love in action. Compassion is a: God-like characteristic. “But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not” (Psalm 78:38). “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth” (Psalm 86:15). “The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion” (Psalm 111:4; 145:8). “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22,23). Christ-like characteristic. “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted” (Matthew 9:36). “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14). “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand, and touched him [the leper]” (Mark 1:41). “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee [the maniac of Gadara]” (Mark 5:19). Christian characteristic. “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous” (I Peter 3:8).

If a believer is not moved to action, he does not have true compassion. The Apostle John sums it all up: “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” (I John 3:17). NPS

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