Often we misunderstand the word compassion as a way to describe a feeling or emotional response we are having toward another. As Believers of Christ, compassion is more than an emotion. It’s active. Jesus had compassion. It was active. And we are called to be people of action as the hands and feet of Christ. Any sympathetic or sad feeling that is not accompanied by an action in part or whole to remedy an issue is not compassion. When Jesus was described as “having compassion” it was always accompanied with an action that displayed the loving nature of his heart. We too have this new nature as Believers and are called to follow the love in our hearts in compassion.
“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14
“And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and l said to her, “Do not weep.” Luke 7:13
“Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.’ ” Matthew 15:32