Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The doctrine of compassion: God delights in forgiving, edifying and reconciling.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Concern – pres-act-inf – phroneo = to care or be concerned about others with objective thinking, or to be compassionate and caring for others.

He discovered victory in his situation and it was someone’s tenderness and compassion that made the difference.

GAL 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

ROM 12:8 he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

When we go through suffering because of our relationship with God, as Paul did, it works out for the comfort and deliverance for others.

Paul was in prison because of his compromise of grace and doctrine, but he was still God’s child, and under the principle of LUK 12:48; everyone who has been given much shall much be required; Paul was disciplined by God.

2CO 4:12 So death works in us, but life in you.

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.”

PSA 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

26 verses in Psa 136 – each one ends with the phrase, “for His lovingkindnesses or mercies endure forever.”

MIC 7:18 God delights in unchanging love.

JAM 2:13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

“Triumphs” – pres-act-ind – katakauchaomai = mercy holds a more excellent position than judgment.

Mercy reigned in our Lord’s heart,
LUK 19:41-42, when He looked down at Jerusalem and wept.

God delights in forgiving, edifying and reconciling.

LUK 18:13 But the tax-gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!”

Spirituality is not measured by how well someone exposes another in his sin, but by how well he restores his fellow believer.

The functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.

At this point in time, the various churches he had started were not supporting him financially, so Paul began making tents to bring in money for himself and his traveling party.

MAT 14:14 And when He went ashore, He saw a great multitude, and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick.

LUK 10:33-36 – the parable of the Good Samaritan.
LUK 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,

They revealed the compassion of God and changed the situation.
JUD 1:22 And of some, have compassion, making a difference. – KJV

Those who have made mistakes will be changed, not by judgment or condemnation, but through the love of God expressed in compassion.

The compassionate believer considers every need equally important. He is available to be all things to all people –
1CO 9:22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.

Counting every opportunity to minister as a sacred opportunity, he serves in faith, showing patience toward all men, 1TH 5:14.

1TH 5:14 And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.

1PE 3:8-9, To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

Point 1. Definition.
1. Compassion = 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.

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

3. Compassion = to handle tenderly, lovingly, to be merciful, show pity, to be gentle of the mind.

a. Genuine compassion.
b. Pseudo compassion.
c. The misuse of compassion.

EXO 2:6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity 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.

We have all experienced the compassion of God toward us and we are to share that same compassion with those around us.

Point 3. The Lord sends messengers, and 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;

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