We all suffer loss of a loved one or a friend. We will go to funeral homes, wakes, viewings, and other signs of concern. When someone passes away, we need love and compassion. That is what we can do. At that time, it is perhaps all we can do. Compassion for the bereaved is so very important.
Jesus shows us the way. Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, exemplified all of the Father’s attributes, including His compassion. When Jesus saw His friends weeping at the grave of Lazarus, He felt compassion for them and wept alongside them.
When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, he was deeply moved in his spirit and troubled. “Where have you put him?” he asked.
“Master,” they told him, “come and see.”
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
John 11:33-36 (CSB)
Am I weeping for my friends? Are my actions for my family always compassionate? Is the fruit of the Holy Spirit growing?
Moved with compassion for the suffering of others, Jesus healed the large crowds who came to Him, as well as individuals who sought His healing.
Compassion needs to be shown in actions — When Jesus saw the large crowds as sheep without a shepherd, His compassion led Him to teach them the things the false shepherds of Israel had abandoned. The priests and scribes were proud and corrupt; they despised the common people and neglected them, but Jesus had compassion on them, and He taught and loved them. Jesus acted on His compassion. As a disciple who is learning, so must I.
- John 11:19 —and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.
- 2 Samuel 10:1–2 —Now it happened afterwards that the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son became king in his place. Then David said, “I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent some of his servants to console him concerning his father. But when David’s servants came to the land of the Ammonites,
- 1 Chronicles 7:22 —Their father Ephraim mourned many days, and his relatives came to comfort him.
- Genesis 37:35 —Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him.
- Ruth 2:20 —Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed of the Master who has not withdrawn his kindness to the living and to the dead.” Again Naomi said to her, “The man is our relative, he is one of our closest relatives.”