Compassion

Ray Pechardo
Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:


Who can we encourage today? Are we willing to bless someone who can offer us nothing in return? Are we willing to give just a few minutes to go the extra mile to make someone’s day? We never know what a big difference our act of kindness can make in the life of someone else. If we want to make a difference in someone’s life, compassion is the key. 
 
Compassion is feeling another’s sorrows, hardships, or needs, and doing what you can to help. It is also investing in whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others. 
 
Some thoughts about Compassion:
 
1. Compassion will help you see what others do not see.
 
The Good Samaritan saw something that the other people did not see. The priest and the Levite saw the same wounded man, but they saw an inconvenience to their busy schedule, or maybe a burden that they didn’t want to get involved in. We don’t know the reasons they might have had for not helping the wounded man. But the Bible says the Samaritan saw a wounded man that was helpless and hopeless and had compassion on him.

Luke 10:30-34 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  


2. Compassion sees the need NOT as a burden, but as an opportunity to be a blessing!
 
The Good Samaritan went out of his way to be a blessing to a total stranger. He helped bind up his wounds, pour oil and wine, and even set him on his own beast and brought him to a place where he could get the help that he needed.  Without compassion, we, too, cannot see the people helpless and hopeless around us. They may look like they have it all together, but their soul is empty longing for the hope that only Christ can give. Compassion will help us see not only their physical need, but most of all, their spiritual need for a Saviour.
 
Compassion will also move you to action. Just like the Lord Jesus Christ when He saw the multitude, He was moved with compassion on them and started helping them with their different needs. He not only took care of their physical needs, but especially their spiritual need.
 

Mark 6:31-37 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?  


Compassion will move you to give to God’s work as well as to individuals. It helps us to go out of our comfort zone to give towards and support the work of God. It will also move us to give up some things in our life, whether it be our time, convenience, comfort, or our treasures. 

Luke 10:33-35 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.   


3. Compassion will still make a difference!
 
Compassion is described as love in action. It will not only make someone feel sorry for the misfortune of another, but it will also move them to do something about it. Maybe give financially to a hurting family, give moral support to someone grieving, or do something kind to someone who doesn’t deserve it. Having compassion will still make a difference!

Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:  
1 John 3:17-18  But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  

Ray Pechardo

Bro Pechardo serves the Lord full-time as our Filipino Pastor, Missions Director, and Soulwinning Director. Ray and his wife Lucy have three children.

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