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June 22, 2012
What is the ‘Real’ meaning of Compassion?
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not a word that is used in daily language as commonly as bus, lunch, homework,
television or football. We know what a bus, lunch, homework, television and
football are and, if asked, we would most likely offer a reasonable definition.
How would we go at offering a definition for compassion? Is compassion a
feeling, is it demonstrating love for others, is it an emotion, is it displaying
kindness? There would be many and varied definitions offered.
defines compassion as a noun meaning a feeling of distress and pity for the
suffering or misfortune of another. I wonder though how Jesus would describe
compassion. Would Jesus be more concerned with compassion as a word, feeling or
emotion? I suggest neither; Jesus saw compassion as an action, as a doing.
Matthew 9:36 reads: But when He saw the multitudes He had compassion on them,
because they were harassed and helpless. And in Mark 1:41 it reads: And Jesus,
moved with compassion, put forth his hand and touched him. Jesus’ compassion
moves a person to action. Jesus’ action is doing.
Luke 15:20, the phrase says: “filled with love and compassion”. This phrase
is translated from the Greek verb Splagchnizomai
(splawnk-nitz-oh-my). This Greek verb renders the phrase as action. Thus we
must see compassion as an action rather than a feeling of emotion.
have Jesus’ compassion, we must be moved to make a difference. Yes it may
involve some emotion or feeling, but must end in an action that helps to end
another’s suffering or misfortune. Let us all have Jesus’ compassion.