What is compassion? The Hebrew and Greek words for compassion translate to “showing mercy, pity, concern for, or to act kindly.” Does your heart ache for the things that break God’s heart? Then you have the tender loving gift of compassion. When you see others hurting and in need of hope and peace, your compassionate heart reaches out to them in gentle kindness. Give thanks to God for this charitable gift as it reflects His loving character!
What does God say about compassion…?
The Bible says God is compassionate and merciful. His attribute of compassion is eternal and never failing. Because of His character, His mercy towards us is new every morning, and He has bestowed this gift upon you to be a reflection of Him!
- “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.”—Psalm 145:8
- “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”—2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Through God’s compassion, He not only comforts us, but also strengthens and helps us. Your gift of compassion allows you to be moved into action to share Christ when you are with others in their pain. This flows from your understanding of who God is and how He shows mercy to you.
What compassion is not…
Compassion is a Godly Strength that the enemy will attempt to twist and turn. Be aware that your compassion does not turn into bitterness when difficulties arise. Satan wants to distract you from this powerful gift, knowing that you are walking in the Spirit when you exhibit this Godly character towards others. Ask God to show you when your heart grows hard and to turn it back to Him.
God promises to reward those who have compassion on the less fortunate. Jesus said…
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”—Matthew 25:40
This is a magnificent image of how we are to have compassion for the needy and by this we are also welcoming Christ. There is a reward in the Kingdom of Heaven to those who serve here on earth. The gift of compassion is truly beautiful as it expresses the heart of our Father and Savior. May you use your gift to comfort others and lead them in the knowledge of Jesus.
We encourage you to pray, giving thanks to the LORD for this gracious gift. We want to strengthen you in prayer, and are standing by at 888-932-7850 to pray with you. We will pray that God continues to grow the gift of compassion in you, rewarding you with spiritual riches!