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					Compassion
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               Definitions
   Merriam Webster             Merriam Webster
    Definition of                Thesaurus Definition
    Compassion: Noun;            of Compassion:
    to bear or suffer            sorrow or the capacity
    sympathetic                  to feel sorrow for
    consciousness of             another’s suffering or
    others’; distress            misfortune; capacity
    together with a desire       for feeling another’s
    to alleviate it.             unhappiness or
                                 misfortune.
                  ANTONYMS


 Cruelty
 Harshness
 Hatred
 Indifference
 Meanness
 Mercilessness
        LACK OF COMPASSION
                      Unmerciful Servant
                       Matthew 18:23-35


   Servant owed large debt he could not pay
   Master could sell servant, his family, his belongings
   Servant begged for mercy
   Master had compassion and forgave entire debt
   Second servant owed small debt to first servant
   Debt could not be paid
   First servant had his servant thrown into prison
   Master angry and executed punishment for the first servant
   32 Then the master called his servant in, “You wicked
    servant,” he said, “I canceled all the debt of yours
    because you begged me to.
   33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant
    just as I had on you?”
   34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to
    be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
   35 This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you
    unless you show compassion to your brother from your
    heart.
       LACK OF COMPASSION BRINGS
             CONSEQUENCES
 Proverbs     21:13
   “Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
    will himself cry out and not be answered.”

 Proverbs     24: 17-18
   “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do
    not let your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest
    the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn
    away His anger from him.
                SYNONYMS
   Benevolence        GRACE
   Charity            Heart
   Clemency           KINDNESS
   Commiseration      MERCY
   Compunction        Sorrow
   Condolence         Sympathy
   Consideration      Tenderness
   Empathy
       COMPASSION EXPRESSED

       The    Parable of the Prodigal Son
                  Luke 15:12-32
 Youngest son rejects family, demands inheritance,
  leaves home
 Made “fair-weathered” friends, “lives it up”
 Spent fortune, is alone, homeless, hungry
 Decides to go home and ask to be a servant
 Father always watching for his son’s return
 Sees him a long way off, runs to meet him
 Had a “Welcome Home Party”
   28 But the older brother became angry and refused to go in (to the
    party). So his father went out and pleaded with him.
   29 But he answered his father, “Look! All these years I’ve been
    slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never
    gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.
   30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property
    with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fatted calf for him!
   31 “My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and
    everything I have is yours.
   32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of
    yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”
BENEFITS OF COMPASSION
   Proverbs 11:17 “A man who is kind benefits
    himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.”

   Proverbs 14:31 “Whoever oppresses a poor
    man insults his Maker, but he who is generous
    to the needy honors Him.”
 Remember the “Golden Rule.”



 Luke6:31 Do to others as you would have
 them do to you.”
GRACE

G=God’s
R=Riches
A=At
C=Christ’s
E=Expense
 “Teach us dear God, to have compassion
 enough to realize that all men are created
 in Your image.”
              Marian Anderson

				
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