Is it Pity or Compassion | by Pastor Newton Fairweather
Updated: Jun 21, 2020
Recently, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who asked me what would Jesus have done in the current situation? It made me think for a minute. And to be truthful, I really don’t know.
What I do have, is His word and I know “he honors His word above His name.” He has left us a roadmap for times like these. I am convinced that if we follow the roadmap He left us in His word we would have a lot of answers to the questions we are currently wrestling with. In the book of John, Jesus said “I will not leave you as orphans but I will send you a counselor who will tell you everything.”
Let me introduce you to a way of looking at the variety of challenges we are currently wrestling with in our culture. Jesus always had “Compassion”. It works really well for Him; do you think it might work for you?
What is compassion?
In the old testament we see a God who had compassion for Israel:
Ex. 33:19 “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.”
Ps. 51:1 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.”
In the new testament we see a hands on Jesus who not only talks about compassion, but
models for us what compassion is by taking on the sins of the world:
Mat. 13:13-14 “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
Ep. 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.”
What is compassion?
“The origin of the word helps us grasp the true breadth and significance of compassion. In Latin, ‘compati’ means “suffer with.” Compassion means someone else’s heartbreak becomes your heartbreak. Another’s suffering becomes your suffering. True compassion changes the way we live.”
It changes the way we treat each other. Jesus says the first commandment is to love God, the second is- like the first- love thy neighbor.