Compassion, Christlikeness.

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in the their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for the them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” Matthew 9:35,36.

Also in Matthew 14:14 the Word of God tells us: “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” This word is splanchnizomi #4697 in Strong’s. It means to be moved with deep compassion or pity. The Greeks regarded the bowels (splanchna) as the place where strong and powerful emotions originated. The Hebrews regarded splanchna as the place where tender mercies and feelings of affection, compassion, sympathy, and pity originated. It is the direct motive for at least five of Jesus miracles.

Truest compassion is only found in the nature of God, because only God knows the full depth of an individual’s pain, need, or suffering. Jesus is seen in the essence of His feeling human weakness (Heb. 4:15), fully sensing the ravaged condition of human brokenness.

Christlikeness calls us to learn Jesus’ heart of compassion, a depth of sensitivity that can be worked in us through the Holy Spirit, reconditioning our hearts to be able to sense the pain of human bondage and to weep with those who weep (Heb. 13:3;Rom. 12:15).

Jesus’ tears over the city of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44) and His tears at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:35) reveal more than either a sense of rejection by the people of one city or a grief over the death of a personal friend.

His compassion brought tears for the hardness of all hearts that were blinded by their sin and for the tragedy of all mankind’s vulnerability to death. Love sees beyond the immediate and personal and compassionately relates to the lost and the hurting, the needy, the distressed.

Compassion leads us more and more into discipleship that brings a discovery of the compassion of Jesus flowing through us that causes us to care for and serve others.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 00:41:39

    Another great word study, Manny. We have a compassionate God and we need to be more like Him.

    I know that you agree with me that God’s compassion does not include tolerance to sin. However, His compassionate heart forgives us when we turn to Him. He alone can give us the power to “lead us not into temptation” and “deliver us from evil.”

    Excellent post my friend.


    • Mannyr
      Sep 14, 2012 @ 16:07:40

      i agree. Compassion does not include tolerance to sin. I think His compassion shows His hearts desire for us to run from sin to Him and receive His mercy. Which speaking of mercy, I for one appreciate His Mercies are new every morning. Be blessed my brother.


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