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					         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.