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Christian Pilgrim

 

85. Compassion



God's "compassion" in the Bible is not a will in God to save all men. Rather it is mercy to men by:

(1.) Turning His anger away for a time (every second out of hell is a mercy to us all).
(2.) General care for men in this world (which leaves them even more without excuse).
(3.) Particular care for the visible church for the sake of the elect.

Deuteronomy 13:17 - "And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers."

Deuteronomy 30:3 - "That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee."

2 Kings 13:23 - "And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet."

2 Chronicles 36:15 - "And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place."

Psalm 78:38 - "But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath."

Psalm 86:15 - "But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth."

Psalm 111:4 - "He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion."

Psalm 145:8 - "The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy."

Isaiah 78:38 - "But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath."

Jeremiah 12:15 - "And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land."

Lamentations 3:32 - "But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies."

Micah 7:19 - "He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea."

Matthew 9:36 - "But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd."

Matthew 14:14 - "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick."

Matthew 15:32 - "Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way."

Matthew 20:34 - "So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him."

Mark 1:41 - "And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean."

Mark 5:19 - "Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee."

Mark 6:34 - "And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things."

Mark 8:2 - "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat."

Mark 9:22 - "And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us."

Luke 7:13 - "And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not."

Luke 10:33 - "But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him."

Romans 9:15 - "For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."

Hebrews 5:2 - "Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity."


For us to have "compassion," is for us to help and show mercy to everyone the Lord brings across our path:

Exodus 2:6 - "And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children."

1 Samuel 23:21 - "And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me."


1 Kings 8:50 - "And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them.

2 Chronicles 30:9 - "For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him."

2 Chronicles 36:17 - "Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand."

Psalm 112:4 - "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous."

Isaiah 49:15 - "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee."

Ezekiel 16:5 - "None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born."

Matthew 18:27 - "Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt."

Matthew 18:33 - "Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?"

Luke 15:20 - "And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him."

Hebrews 10:34 - "For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance."

1 Peter 3:8 - "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous."

1 John 3:17 - "But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?"

Jude 22 - "And of some have compassion, making a difference."