What does compassion really mean?

Monday, 27 February 2017

According to the dictionary compassion is ‘the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help’.

But to Christians is that all it really is?

Does our compassion come just from seeing suffering or does it come from a deeper place? Does it come from God?

In Ephesians 4:32, Paul’s tell the church in Ephesus’s to ‘Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

The ultimate act of compassion was seen through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Humans we are sinful, selfish and although we can try be ‘good people’ most of the time our motives can be still for ourselves even if we don’t admit it. The Bible tells us the result of sin is death and that is what we deserve but God who was perfect, fully content chose to rescue us and save us from what we deserve. He didn’t do this because he was lonely or needed anything we could offer he did this purely out of his abundant love and compassion.

We have been all shown the greatest act of compassion… how can we keep that to ourselves? How can we not act out of the forgiveness and love we have been shown?

When you look at compassion through the lens of all that… it really changes things. Compassion has a much bigger purpose then a response to suffering.

Jesus tells us the two most important commandments are to love God and to love others. We have been commanded to love the people of this world. Not just the ones who are easy to get along with, not just the ones who can give us something in return! But the ones who may never know our name, the ones who we may be not comfortable with, the homeless, the poor, the socially awkward, your literal next door neighbor, or maybe someone on the opposite side of the planet.

We have a duty as Christians to love and show the people of this world the love that we have been shown through Jesus sacrifice.

This Is what Embody wants to help you do! Keep following our page or send us a message for ways you can be involved.

Privacy policy