What does it mean to have compassion?
I am a work in progress, and I'm the first to admit that. I have come along way, but God is still working in me. He has given me compassion and He commands me to give it as freely as He has given it to me.
What does the bible say about having compassion?
Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you
Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
James 1:27 - Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 - If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.
So what does that mean for us as Christians? We are COMMANDED to have compassion! We can not just say, "I will pray for you and your needs." We need to help each other out! You see someone hungry, feed them! You see someone without clothes, clothe them! I think a lot of times, we want to believe that the said person in need somehow deserves the hunger or nakedness or homelessness. The bible is saying the faith without deeds is dead! Love one another people. Have compassion on one another! See a need, meet it!