29th July 2019

Moved With Compassion

“And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.”
Mark 6:34 (NKJV)

The great actor, writer, dramatist and film-maker, Peter Ustinov, is reported to have said “Charity is more common than compassion, because charity is tax deductible while compassion is time-consuming.”

Compassion is to recognize the suffering of others, then take action to help—the human disposition that fuels acts of kindness and mercy. Compassion is a form of love, it is aroused within us when we are confronted with those who suffer or are vulnerable.

Jesus was a man of compassion. Mark 1:40-42 tells of a leper who begged Jesus to heal him, and in verse 41, “Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed” and the man was healed of leprosy—a terrifying disease. There are many other incidences recorded of Jesus and his great compassion, including Matthew 14:14 healing the sick; Matthew 20:34 giving the blind their sight back; Mark 8:2-3, when he fed the hungry multitude; and Luke 7:12-14 when he raised the widow’s dead son.

Jesus sets that example for us and expects us also to show compassion, as we see in Luke 10:30-37 where Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan in response to the Pharisees’ question ‘who is my neighbour’ when they heard his instruction to ‘love thy neighbour as yourself (verses 25-29). This is a very good example of someone showing compassion: “A certain man went from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road, when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place he passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion…” The parable is well known and one of the lessons from this parable is that we should not show favouritism, but the central point of the parable is about the compassion showed by the Samaritan. One would think that a Levite and a Priest would be the ones to show compassion, but no, it was a foreigner, a Samaritan.

Ephesians 4:32 (AMPC) instructs us to “become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tender-hearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.”

Eternal Father, thank you that you are a God who is compassionate, merciful, and forgiving. Help us to follow in the footsteps of your Son and show compassion to our follow man. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Dennis Payne

About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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