Compassion Makes A Difference
And of some have compassion, making a difference: Jude 1:22 (KJV)
When we have compassion, we can make a difference in other people’s lives. What is compassion? The Greek meaning of the word in this passage is deep-seated emotion that is usually seen through an action. It means that we feel for someone and we do something about it. Compassion should move us to action- it should prompt us to do something. It is very different from sympathy or pity because those do not involve action- they simply involve feeling sorry for someone. Compassion feels AND acts.
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. Matthew 14:14 (KJV)
Jesus saw their needs and had compassion on them, doing something about their needs. If compassion had a slogan, it would probably be “See a need, meet a need.” We’ve all seen people in need of the Gospel, clothing, food, shelter, healing, or friendship. Have we done anything about it? If not, all we did was feel pity for them- and pity accomplishes nothing for them or us. When we see a need and the Holy Spirit is telling us to take action, we need to be obedient. When we let compassion move us to action everyone is blessed.
When compassion moves you, move with compassion. Reach out and help someone. You’ll both be better for it.