Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The word is derived from two Latin words: pati and cum – which mean “to suffer with.”
To empathize with someone is to feel their pain with them.
We are called to carry each other's burdens, weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn. (Galatians 6:2 and Romans 12:15)
It is the compassion that God first showed us, that Jesus showed us in becoming a humble man on this earth, feeling our pain, dying a painful death.
It is His love and compassion that can fill us and give us the ability to pour out this kind of love and compassion on the people around us.
Our God is compassionate towards us.
See Jesus weeping when he hears of Lazerus's death, even though he knows he is going to raise him from the dead! He weeps with compassion for Mary and Martha as they grieve the loss of their brother.
Hear God's heart towards you:
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18
"You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book." -Psalm 56:8 NLT
God has kept track of all of your sorrows and collected your tears in a bottle.
He sees you.
He knows you.
He loves you.
You are not forgotten.
How have you been shown compassion?
How can you show someone compassion today?