Dear Faith Partner,
Have you even thought about how effective the ministry of compassion is to the life of a person that experiencing difficult times in their lives? You can’t avoid it; there are hurting people all around you every day because of the challenges that going on in this world. And I believe that it’s time that the sons of God manifest themselves through the love of God.
Notice, Paul says the world is awaiting the revealing or manifestation of the sons of God, because as He was in the earth so are they. Romans 8:19 (AMP) says, “For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship]”. Jesus’ earthly ministry was the greatest picture of compassion in action.
One thing that the world is expecting and looking for out of believers is compassion not sympathy. Sympathy is feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else misfortune, where compassion is a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry or in trouble.
Love is the foundation for all Christian activity. Compassion is an ingredient of divine love. It’s really love in action. Because God so loved us, that He gave Jesus, and Jesus so loved us that He gave Himself for us. And is His earthly ministry, again and again, we saw Him moves with compassion. Jesus has compassion on each of us.
In Mark 8:1-3 (NKJV), we see a great example of His compassionate love for us, “In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.”
Jesus knew exactly who He was and the will of the Father concerning His ministry. He was a person of very strong character and great compassion and wasn’t weak or struggling with ministry to other on behalf of the Father. I John 3:8 (AMP) says, “…The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done]”.
Let’s compare the word “compassion” with the word “sympathy”. Sometimes we think we have compassion, but we’re actually having sympathy. Sometimes we think we have compassion, but we’re actually having sympathy. They are two different things. Sympathy says, “I know how you feel,” but sits and does nothing. Compassion says, “I feel exactly how you feel, and then moves or acts with compassion.
Let’s look at several examples in Scripture:
- “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young”. Isaiah 40:11
- “It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not”. Lamentations 3:22 (AMP)
- “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest”. Matthew 9:36
- “Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way”. Matthew 15:32
Again, compassion is one thing people need more than anything else in this world. They need someone to reach out to them with the compassion of God. Compassion is a deep yearning that responds to the needs of people. It’s much deeper than sympathy. Sympathy can just sit around feeling sorry for people. Compassion has to do something for them.
The truth of the matter, compassion is what motivates God, and Jesus’ life on earth was a picture of that compassion in action. It was compassion that caused Him to multiply the loaves and fishes, heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead. It was compassion that compelled Him to go to the Cross. And it’s that same compassion that He now longs to pour out through you.
Hebrews 4:15 (AMP), expresses how compassionate Jesus was and is to us, “For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning”.
C.H. Spurgeon once said, “The compassion of the Master make up for all the abuses of His enemies. And believe me, there is nothing sweeter to a forlorn and broken spirit than the fact that Jesus has compassion on us”.
Finally, compassion is God’s Love for us in action. There is nothing we are or have gone through or will face that Jesus haven’t already provided for or know about. He so loving and compassionate, that He doesn’t leave us without help. So each of us ought to be an extension of who He was in the earth!
Your Partner in the Faith,
Richard B. Peoples, Sr.
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