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Compassion: more than just sympathy

2 March 2018 Wesley Mission news

Compassion at Easter

Most of us value compassion in our lives. But how often do we show it? Or do we just feel empathy without acting upon it?

Having empathy and showing compassion are completely different.

Empathy is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is hurting, in pain or experiencing misfortunate circumstances. But compassion is more than just empathy.

Often what comes with this emotion of sympathy is a desire to help those who are suffering.

How often do you show compassion?

An example like no other

Here at Wesley Mission, we’re inspired by the compassion Jesus Christ showed on a daily basis when He walked this earth. Jesus often demonstrated sympathy and concern for those suffering through acts of kindness and by healing people from their physical suffering.

“Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked. "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight." Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him,” Matthew 20:30-34.

Even those who were discarded from society, Jesus saw value in them as individuals. And instead of ignoring them and leaving them to suffer, He felt sympathy and showed compassion through His actions.

Ultimately, Jesus’ desire to alleviate humanity’s suffering was demonstrated through His greatest act of compassion—dying on the cross. Jesus came to earth to sacrifice His life for us so that we can be connected to Him. He acted in compassion so that we could be free of anguish and sorrow, and receive eternal life.

We’re motivated to follow Jesus’ example of compassion through our mission to support those most in need. We desire to support those who are vulnerable by easing their suffering and helping them find hope for the future.

Are you motivated to show compassion to others?

Celebrate Easter with us

This Easter we remember and thank God for His deep love for us by sending His son Jesus to earth in the ultimate act of compassion. There will never be a greater example of compassion and love than what Jesus did for us on the cross.

We invite you to celebrate Jesus’ compassion for us by joining us at our many Easter events starting on Palm Sunday right through to Easter Sunday.