Word For Wednesday: The Compassionate One

January 19, 2011

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My dear friend Karen posted about another one of those Internet quizzes, “How Compassionate Are You?” It’s just a simple little quiz, and I didn’t take it, actually. But it got me thinking. I thought about Jesus, in the scripture where it says:

Matthew 15:32 Jesus called his disciples together and told them, “I feel compassion for these people. They have been with me for three days, and they don’t have anything to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry. They might faint on their way home.”

Jesus is the epitome of compassion. He was compassionate when He didn’t have to be, when He had nothing to gain from it, even when He had everything to lose by it. And in that story where He feeds the people– He KNEW that many of those people were there just to hear the show. These are some of the same people who would later holler “Crucify Him!” when He was on trial. Yet, He took care of them at His own expense. WHAT human does that? You go to a music concert– you PAY big bucks for the honor. And they don’t feed you, YOU have to pay even more to get your own snacks!

So anyway, what is compassion? Webster’s Dictionary says:

COMPASSIONATE: Having a temper or disposition to pity; inclined to show mercy; merciful; having a heart that is tender, and easily moved by the distresses, sufferings, wants and infirmities of others.

Think about how humans are. We humans can have compassion, a LOT of compassion sometimes. But what about when a fellow human is being really, really stupid. They’ve dug their own hole, right? Maybe the rich neighbor down the street goes bankrupt and loses his house, do we have compassion? Or maybe a woman gets drunk to try to escape from her problems, and beats her child? Or maybe a young man robs a convenience store at gunpoint, do we have compassion? Or— worse of all!— maybe someone does something to us personally, like gossips behind our back, or cuts us off on the highway or in the checkout lane, or bumps us as we walk and causes us to fall? Do we have compassion? Do we have compassion on people who make stupid or evil decisions?

Sometimes, sometimes not. But the amazing thing is that Jesus always has compassion. God is always stretching out His hand, offering help and mercy no matter what the condition of the person is. That TOTALLY. BLOWS. MY. MIND.

James 1:5 If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is gracious and generous, and He won’t scold you or condemn you for asking.

That means– when I’ve been a stupid idiot, messed up my life or someone else’s, am totally lost and don’t know where to go– I can ask God and He will just GIVE ME HELP, without scolding me or making me feel guilty like I am a wicked sinner. What human being does that?!

Dr. D. James Kennedy said in his book, Why I Believe:

Through studying many biographies, I have found something that all historians have discovered– the more you look at any human being, the more the luster grows dim. No matter how great the hero may have been, if you examine him closely, you see his feet of clay; you see all his frailties and foibles. …all human greatness diminishes on closer inspection; but Christ’s character grows more pure, sacred, and lovely the better we know Him.

The most compassionate thing Jesus could ever do was appeal for our lives, Just like in a court of law, when the verdict on us should be guilty, He intervened and took the blows. This does not mean that the judge “lets us off.” If we are truly grateful for our freedom, we will clean up our lives in honor of the One who freed us. If we don’t, well, we will face a strict judgment at the end, when everything is brought to an account.

Romans 5:6-11 Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful.

…God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were utterly sinful and hateful and lawbreakers.

But there is more! Now that God has accepted us because Christ sacrificed his life’s blood, we will also be kept safe from God’s retribution because we broke the laws and commandments.

This is amazing– even when we were God’s enemies, he made peace with us, because it was his Son who died for us. Yet something even greater than a peaceful friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we will be saved and set free from sin by his Son’s life, and can walk in the freedom that his life has given us.

And in addition to everything else, we are SO happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us.

That’s compassion. Someone who not only fixes our stupid problems, but fixes the very root of the matter– having peace with God— and He did it all at His own expense.

Glory to God.

I highly recommend Dr. D. James Kennedy’s book, Why I Believe. I LOVE this book, and it is full of factual, convincing evidence about Jesus and Christianity. It’s very readable, too.

You can watch The Jesus Film online, too! It’s been translated into 1,000 languages and shown around the world. It’s a powerful movie, and The Jesus Film website is loaded with testimonies and resources.

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2 Responses to “Word For Wednesday: The Compassionate One”

  1. Charla @ Healthy Home Blog Says:

    I agree! Jesus is the perfect example of what a compassionate person should be like. His depth of compassion is far greater than what any of us could even begin to have.
    So glad you stopped by Friendly Friday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! šŸ™‚

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Yes, I try to remember His great love when I am feeling not so loving! Thanks for visiting me. šŸ™‚ Have a great weekend yourself.