by Frank Damazio

Move With Compassion
Frank Damazio

Introduction: Some people talk about how the youth of today have no compassion and no respect, but are driven by simple technological pleasures such as computer games and instant messaging. They ask - is compassion a virtue we learn from our parents? Or is it a virtue inherent in our human nature? What is it that crushes the instinct for compassion in some young people and turns them into cold, dispassionate people some perceive them to be?

Lough Fook, a Chinese Christian, moved with compassion for the coolies in the South African mines, sold himself for a term of five years as a coolie slave, and was transported to Demerara, to carry the Gospel to his countrymen working there. He toiled in the mines with them and preached Jesus while he toiled, till he had scores of whom he could speak as Paul of Onesimus, "whom I have begotten in my bonds." Lough Fook died; but not until he had won to the Saviour nearly 200 disciples who joined the Christian church.

During the Christmas season, a woman in England posted a Facebook message reading, "Took all my pills be dead soon so bye bye every one." A total of 148 comments were made, many of them mocking her. She had more than 1,000 Facebook friends, but none with compassion. No one called or went by to check on her. The next day the police went and found her dead body. The suicidal posting was taken down from her Facebook wall and replaced by many loving remembrances … a bit too late .

"It is easy to love the people far away. It is not easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own house. Bring love into your own home, for this is where our love for each other must start." (Mother Teresa)



1. Matthew 9:35-36

2. To shift into a new position mentally, emotionally, or spiritually

3. To have been impacted by someone or ...

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