Christmas Compassion         Pastor Phil Derstine (12-1-19)

The Gift of Compassion

  • Matthew 14:14 “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” 
  • Mark 6:34 “And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and He began to teach them many things.”
  • When Jesus felt compassion:
  • Healed the sick – Matthew 14:14
  • Healed the blind – Matthew 20:34
  • Healed the leper – Mark 1:41
  • Fed the multitudes – Matthew 15:32
  • Taught the multitudes – Mark 6:34
  • Cast out devils – Mark 5:19
  • Raised a dead man – Luke 7:13
  • Compassion (def.) – Sympathetic consciousness of others distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
  • Com: Granted power and authority to do.
  • Passion: A deeply stirring emotion, fervor, zeal, enthusiasm, that compels action.

Luke 10:25 – The Good Samaritan

  • Lawyer wanted to justify himself.
  • Priest saw him…. passed by.
  • Levite looked on him… passed by.
  • Luke 10:33 “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.”
  • Who is my neighbor?
  • Anyone GOD puts in my path: a Test
  • Anyone I can show God’s love to.
  • Anyone I can connect to God: Prayer
  • Anyone with a NEED that I can MEET.

Sheep and Goats

  • Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. (32) All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”
  • I was hungry…
  • I was thirsty…
  • I was a stranger…
  • I was naked…
  • I was sick…
  • I was in prison…                   
  • Matthew 25:40 “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
  • James 2:14 “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? (15) Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. (16) If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it(17) In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
  • I Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. (9) Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

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