Compassion is a deep human emotion brought on by another person’s suffering. It is more than feeling sorrow. It’s more than sharing or understanding the pain someone is going through. Compassion means to care for someone–to care so deeply that you do something to change their condition.
Jesus had Compassion for Healing in Mark 1:40-42 when a leper came to Him, begging to be made clean, the Lord was moved with compassion and healed him.
Jesus had Compassion for Deliverance in Mark 5:18, when he cast out the evil spirits in the man who lived among the tombs. The Lord told the man to tell his friends how he had compassion on him.
Jesus had Compassion for Spiritual Need in Mark 6:34, when he saw the multitudes and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. He taught them how to live. He attended to their spiritual needs.
Jesus had Compassion for Emotional Need in Luke 7:11-13, when he raised the widow’s son back to life. He was moved to compassion for her and told her, “Do not weep.”
Jesus had Compassion for Physical Need in Mark 8:1-2, when he fed the multitude because they were hungry. Jesus met their basic physical needs.
Compassion is not easy; it will cost you to have Compassion. It requires something of you: to think about the needs of others, and invest your time, effort, and resources to help them. Compassion is a deep emotion that moves you to action.