Compassion is possessing sympathy and concern for the suffering of others. A hungry child. A dying mother. The homeless and unloved orphan. This virtue rends the human heart with emotion when it spies misfortune and adversity.
Many people feel the tug of compassion and believe they have reached some heightened awareness and apex of humanity, but compassion is useless without action.
What will you do about the hungering belly of a child?
How will you comfort the dying mother and her concerned family?
How will you love and care for the orphan waging the warfare of life alone?
The Gospels note many times that Jesus was moved with compassion. When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36). The Bible doesn’t say that Jesus had compassion, but that He was moved with compassion. Moving indicates a specific act to alleviate suffering.
It’s not enough to feel sorry for the hungry one. Rather, what will you do to satisfy a child’s hunger?
It’s not sufficient to see the dying mother and be sad. What will you do to comfort her and her family?
Crying about the lonely child changes nothing unless you do something to love and give a home to the orphan.
Being sorry changes nothing. Compassion without action is empty emotion.