“To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others.” — Giovanni Boccaccio
“But you, LORD, are a compassionate and gracious GOD, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15).
GOD showed compassion for us with sacrificing the Life of His Son. [Jesus] took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with Him, and He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then said He unto them, “’My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
‘Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will. Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?’” He asked Peter (Matthew 26:37-40).
I am pointing out love, compassion and obedience from the above scriptures. There is no doubt that we all would be destined for eternal damnation had GOD honored the prayer of Jesus “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me?”
In 2 John 1:5-6, the inspired word of GOD reads “And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing” (I Peter 3:9).
Are we showing love and compassion in the midst of a pandemic? Some of you perhaps remember the hype of “What Would Jesus Do?” Instead of what He would do, it is “What Did Jesus Do?” He showed love, mercy and compassion.
There are many examples of compassion shown in the Bible. For example, the good Samaritan showed compassion with action of aiding the badly beaten man instead of continuing on his journey like the others.
We must understood that compassion involves tangible expressions of love for those who are suffering. “Because of the LORD’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassion never fail” (Lamentation 3:22).