One of the key words that is often used while studying to become a Stephen Minister is compassion. The word “compassion” is mentioned in the Bible at least forty-six times. The definition of compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is hurting, in pain, or has misfortune, and is accompanied by a strong desire to help the suffering. Jesus Christ is the greatest example of someone with true compassion. Not only did Jesus have compassion and heal people from physical suffering; he also showed the greatest compassion for humankind when died on the cross for our sins.
It's not always easy to show compassion, especially if we feel like the person may deserve their misfortune. The Bible verses below teach us that compassion is a true mark of Christian character. Another great example of someone showing compassion and grace is the story of the prodigal son. The verses below include the story of how a father showed compassion to his son. Go and do likewise, so that you can show the world how Jesus has changed you!
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” - Luke 15:20
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” - Colossians 3:12
“And the LORD said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.’” - Exodus 33:19
“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore, he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” - Isaiah 30:18
“They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.” - Isaiah 49:10
“Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.” - Isaiah 49:13
To whom will you show compassion today? How will you show compassion?