Compassion Compassion the vehicle on which love is transferred from God to us or from one individual to another. Compassion • Dictionary.com says that the word compassion means to display a deep feeling of sympathy and sorrow towards another who has experienced misfortune and to desire to comfort their suffering. • The bible reveals compassion as meaning or act of showing unconditional love and to show mercy without hesitation. When compassion is shown there is always a action behind it. • Through out the bible we can see many examples of compassion, for God to man and man to man • We can see compassion right from the beginning Compassion in the Old Testament • Revelation 1:8,11 says that God is the beginning and the end • Creating the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2) • Creating Eve so Adam would have a partner (Genesis 2:18-25) • By making them clothes after they sinned (Genesis 3) • By forcing them to leave the garden so they would not eat from the tree of life. (Genesis 3) • The flood is a act of compassion. (Genesis 6-9) 1. Took 100 years to build the ark and Noah 2. During this time Noah preached to the lost 3. Out of compassion we now have the rainbow which is a covenant with God and man Compassion in the Old Testament • Abraham & Sarah – hand maiden Hagar who had Ishmael • Abraham & Sarah – had son Isaac • Abraham takes Isaac to sacrifice Compassion in the Old Testament • Look at the compassion God had when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. God had such compassion for people that the evil that was there in those cities was like a infectious disease. (Genesis 19:1-29) • God showed compassion to Lot and his family. Compassion in the Old Testament • Let’s look at God’s compassion flowing out of Joseph. Here Joseph was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery by them. Then he was bought by Potipher then his wife accused Joseph of trying to do something that he did not and Joseph was thrown into prison and after all was done Joseph became second in command over Egypt and when his brothers came looking for food during a drought Joseph had compassion over them and gave them the food they needed and also let them all move to Egypt to be able to survive through the famine that was going on. (Genesis 37-50) Compassion in the Old Testament • Now these are just some of the examples of compassion but there is so many more in the Old Testament like Ruth having compassion on Naomi and Esther have compassion towards her people. • Orpah & Ruth Compassion in the Old Testament Review • Last week we went through some of the Old Testament and shown some examples of compassion. We went through the creation, through the flood, through Sodom and Gomorrah, through the story of Joseph, Ruth and queen Esther and all the compassion that was shown in each account and now we want to go through some of the New Testament sense we learn from the Old and live by the New. Compassion in the Gospels • Matthew 14:14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. • If we look at Matthew 15:32-39 we see Jesus having great compassion on the multitude feed 4000 men + women and children with seven loves of bread and a few small fish Compassion in the Gospels • Let’s look at Luke 10:25-37 • 25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 The man answered, “ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” 29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” • 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. • 31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. 33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ 36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” Compassion in the Gospels • We call this story the Parable of the Good Samaritan. We can see that there were those who were religious and wanted nothing to do with this person lying on the ground. Now the person that was the most despised is the one that had compassion on him. • Compassion caused him to do something not just to sit idle and do nothing. • Matthew 25:31 Compassion in the Gospels • As we read through the Gospels we can see that Jesus over and over had compassion for the sick and demon possess and you know something we to are to be just as Christ was, working in compassion towards all mankind. • If we look at the cross we can see one of the greatest signs of compassion for all of mankind and so many trample it under their feet. Compassion New Testament • Did you know we are commanded to have compassion on each other. • If you do not believe it then let’s look at 1 Peter 3:8-9 1 Peter 3:8-9 • Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. • This is not a suggestion but it is a command. Conclusion • So OK here we have a whole bunch of scripture and how does it pertain to me. • If we get this over whelming desire to do something good for someone that is compassion working through you. We are to let it flow out unto those that we have compassion for. • Secondly we need to show compassion to each other. • Thirdly if we look back two weeks teaching in Colossians 3:12-16 we see compassion at work Conclusion • So it is through godly compassion that we are able to allow for others faults and forgive anyone who offends us. • Through this compassion can we clothe ourselves with love. • It is through compassion that we are given our very own instruction manual (the Bible) to live our lives by • So we need to dig into this instruction book and live what it says.
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