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Series: Compassion - Make a Difference
Introduction: I am convinced that we as believers can make a difference in and around our every-day living. I am believing you will be inspired and motivated to higher levels of kind and loving behavior in every-day life. This is a time to deliver love, goodness, and encouragement to others. Let us set our hearts aflame with a new desire to make a difference.
In our culture today many are feeling compassion fatigue. The media shows disease, famine, war, death and we go from horrified to becoming numb, ignoring these things. How is your compassion? Apathy: lack of feelings of empathy or sympathy. Life's nature is that lives and hearts get broken, lives of both people we love and of people we will never meet. Just recently, a man was fed up with the inconvenience because his schedule had been delayed for five hours as police cornered off the area while they tried to talk down a suicide jumper. Annoyed at what he considered the suicide jumper's selfishness in taking so long to make up his mind to jump off the bridge, the man walked up to him and pushed him off the bridge.
I. COMPASSION DEFINED
A. BIBLICAL BASIS FOR COMPASSION
1. Ps. 145:8-9: The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
2. Compassion for people: Matt. 9:35-36: Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
B. COMPASSION DEFINITIONS
1. The Greek word splangchnizomai is used 12 times in the New Testament. ''To be moved with compassion…'' It is the word that describes something felt deep inside, the k ...
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