Compassion

Text: Luke 10:25-37

Introduction: The Good Samaritan is a well-known parable of Jesus explaining the answer to the question. “Who is my neighbor?” Many commentaries have been written on the practical and spiritual meaning of this story, but we will look on the phrase, “and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,”

Compassion is different than sympathy or empathy which are feelings of emotion that we have in certain situations. Compassion is the combination of sympathy and empathy mixed with action in an effort to correct or make a situation better to some degree.

  1. Are we the Priest?

The priest was “somebody!” He could not degrade himself with an unclean thing, because he was righteous, religious and holy. Are we sometimes like the priest when we do not mean it when we say, “I will be praying for you.” And then go our merry way and not think about it or pray over the matter.

  1. Are we the Levite?

The Levite represented the law. He could not touch a dead body or an unclean thing. Do we sometimes say, “That could get messy and I don’t want to get involved.”

  1. Are we the Samaritan?

The Samaritan was probably hated and looked down on by the hurt man on the road for he was probably a Jew because Jesus was talking to Jews and used the example of someone they would not help even if they were healthy. The Samaritan removed all the labels and prejudice from his heart and saw the hurt man as a human being that needed help. He then put actions with his feelings to correct the situation. (Compassion.)

Conclusion: The Bible says that “because iniquity abounds the love of many will wax cold.” We must hate sin and not the sinner. We must not grow cold and bitter. A sinner saved by grace is a reborn child of God, a brother or sister in Christ. We must have compassion on others in need and our neighbors are everyone, both friend and foe. “Do not overcome evil with evil, but overcome evil with good.” A hard command indeed!