{Philippians 2:1-4; NLT}

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Compassion is the spirit of love that is awakened by the sight of need or wretchedness. What abundant opportunities there are every day to practice this heavenly virtue, and what need there is for it in a world so full of misery and sin! Every Christian ought therefore by prayer and practice to cultivate a compassionate heart, as one of the most precious marks of likeness to the blessed Master.

Opportunities for showing compassion are all around us. There are poor and sick, widows and orphans, distressed and despondent—people who need more than anything the refreshment a compassionate heart can bring. Pray earnestly for a compassionate heart, always ready to be an instrument of divine compassion. It was the compassionate sympathy of Jesus that attracted so many to Him on earth. That same compassionate tenderness will still draw people to you and to your Lord.

Andrew Murray, The Best of Andrew Murray, Cook Communications (2005), p. 49

Questions to Consider:

  • How has your compassion grown as you have followed Jesus?
  • Why is compassion so important?
  • Why would compassion and love draw people to our church families, and ultimately to Jesus?
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