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Compassion, human

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An attitude of care and concern, grounded in pity and sympathy towards others. Christian compassion towards others should reflect the compassion of God for his people.

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Compassion is a vital requirement in Christian character

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Compassion needs to be shown in actions

1 John 3:17 NET
But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?
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Examples of compassionate behaviour

To the oppressed and needy

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To the bereaved

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To children

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To prisoners

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To forgiven sinners

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To the sick

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To the solitary

Ecclesiastes 4:10–11 NET
For if they fall, one will help his companion up, but pity the person who falls down and has no one to help him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together, they can keep each other warm, but how can one person keep warm by himself?

To widows and orphans

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To Jerusalem

Psalm 102:14 NET
Indeed, your servants take delight in her stones, and feel compassion for the dust of her ruins.

God inspires human compassion

Daniel 1:9 NET
Then God made the overseer of the court officials sympathetic to Daniel.
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God rewards compassion

Proverbs 14:21 NET
The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever is kind to the needy is blessed.
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Lack of compassion

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Limits of human compassion

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