I. Introduction: Compassion “συμπαθής”, as it is used in one Scripture we will soon talk about, means: “having a fellow-feeling (“sympathetic”), i.e. (by implication) mutually commiserative: — having compassion one of another. Suffering or feeling the like with another, sympathetic” (Strong’s # 4835).
A. When there is a problem concerning our brethren some of us are moved with compassion and want to solve that problem (i.e. Acts 11:27-30).
- That is NOT wrong (Mark 6:34).
- It is good to want to help (I John 3:14-18).
- It is good for one accept help (Proverbs 12:15).
II. Body: Have Compassion One Of Another (I Peter 3:8).
A. Whether joy or sorrow, we should be able to some degree to feel what our brethren are experiencing (Romans 12:15 and I Corinthians 12:26).
- For example, think about what happened when the formerly barren Elisabeth gave birth (Luke 1:57-58).
- For example, think about what happened at the death of Lazarus (John 11:30-36).
- Job was once perfect, upright, etc. [we know he sinned with his words and had to repent from Job 3:1ff. see- Job 32:1-42:6]; had much of his life carnally ruined at the hand of Satan with God’s permission (Job 1:1-2:10).
- When his friends heard of it they came and sat with Job (Job 2:11-13).
- Had they just stopped right there and just sat with him, that would’ve been good. However, they began to ignorantly talk of many things at this time, when Job needed support, making many charges that were completely unfounded (Job 4:1-9, Job 5:17, Job 5:27, Job 8:1-6, Job 8:20, Job 11:1-6, and Job 22:1-7).
- They assumed Job suffered because he had sinned. This is not a proper mode of thought (Luke 13:1-5, John 9:1-3, and Acts 28:1-6).
- As we recently discussed, you aren’t in another person’s shoes to measure them (II Corinthians 10:12); so don’t make assumptions based on your life (Proverbs 18:13 and John 7:24).
- Nothing could be said to comfort Jesus at this time (John 12:27).
- Sometimes we just need to be with someone (I Corinthians 16:17-18).
III. Conclusion: Zechariah 7:8-10
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