Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Miriam received from Moses the discipline of a Jew who in the Old Testament would have their father spit in their face as a form of parental discipline.

As the word of God teaches in the K.J.'s translation Jud 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Compassion can and does make a difference in the life of others, as well as in the life of the one being compassionate.

DAN 7:25 'And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One,

ISA 28:12 He who said to them, "Here is rest, give rest to the weary," And, "Here is repose," but they would not listen.

The Doctrine of Compassion Point 1. Definition. Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another's suffering or misfortune accompanied by a desire to alleviate the pain and remove its cause.

Impersonal love is the motivation, compassion is the expression.

The believer who understands passages like this realizes that he will exercise mercy and compassion understanding that he himself could be overtaken in any fault at any time.

Compassion is a sympathetic consciousness of others and their distress with a desire to remove or help correct their situation.

Compassion also means to handle tenderly, lovingly, to be merciful, show pity, to be gentle of the mind.

It is an overt graciousness because of graciousness in the soul.

Compassion is a gracious system of thinking.

There are three categories of compassion. a. Genuine compassion. b. Pseudo compassion. c. The misuse of compassion.

In the downfall of every client nation to God, pseudo compassion and the misuse of compassion are involved.

2TH 3:10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither let him eat.

Saturday in our nation was called "National Awkward day!"

There are three categories of compassion. a. Genuine compassion. b. Pseudo-compassion. c. The misuse of compassion.

In EXO 2:6 Pharaoh's daughter had compassion on baby Moses.

EXO 2:6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity or compassion on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."

Point 2. The Lord is compassionate toward His people and expects them to be compassionate toward others.

1KI 8:50 and forgive Thy people who have sinned against Thee and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against Thee, and make them objects of compassion before those who have taken them captive, that they may have compassion on them.

PRO 24:17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the Lord see it and be displeased, And He turn away His anger from him.

OBA 1:12 "Do not gloat over your brother's day, the day of his misfortune. And do not rejoice over the sons of

Judah in the day of their destruction; Yes, do not boast In the day of their distress.

Your attitude of compassion should always aspire to an unbeliever becoming saved and a believer restored to fellowship.

Point 3. The Lord sends messengers, in the Church-age, pastor-teachers to warn, reprove, correct and rebuke His people because He has compassion.

2CH 36:15 And the Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because
He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.

Not a famine of food but of the word of God; Amo 8:11.

In His compassion, the Lord will find a way to get doctrine to those who desire to eat it in spite of all the satanic opposition and false doctrine to stop it.

2CO 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

PRO 21:30 There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the Lord.

Point 4. Because of compassion God forgives sin, Psa 78:38.

David was not disciplined by God because of his sin with Bathsheba, he was disciplined by God because he passed judgment on someone who had done the very same thing that he had done.

He wanted the Lord to be compassionate toward him but he didn't want to be compassionate toward others.

EPH 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender‑hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

PSA 51:1 "Be gracious to me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Thy compassion blot out my transgressions."

ACT 13:22 "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will."

DAN 9:9 "To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him;

MIC 7:19 He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.

Point 5. Compassion also motivates longsuffering and patience.

LAM 3:22-23, The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.

Point 6. Compassion serves as a motivation for the production of Divine Good.

a. Healing to take place in the lives of others, Mat 4:13-14, Luk 15:20.
b. Compassion motivated our Lord to feed the hungry, Mat 15:32.
c. Compassion motivates identification with those who have lost loved ones in Luk 7:13.
d. Compassion motivates forgiveness toward others, Mat 18:27 "And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt."
e. Compassion motivates the believer to perform divine good, Luk 10:30-37, the Good Samaritan.

HEB 5:2 "He will have compassion with the ignorant and misguided,"

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