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The Compassion of Christ

The Compassion of Christ toward People and a Culture in Chaos

Text: John 11:17-38

(He set an example for us)


See Beyond the Circumstances

Seeing people as they are:

In their pain

In their fear

In their grief

In their blame

In their confusion

Footnote:

Example: Martha (John 11:17-28)


Empathy:

Being deeply moved by the distress of others

Witness their emotions

Seek to identify with their hurt

Permit yourself to be vulnerable enough

to share their concerns and their pain

Footnote:

Example: Mary (John 11:28-38)


The Principles of Compassion

Seek first to understand, and if needed to be understood

Be willing to come alongside those who are suffering

regardless of the reason for their suffering

Offer hope to those who see no reason to hope

Choose to be loving rather than proving to be right

Footnotes:

There are those who are fearful and

those who resist being fearful.

There are those who are adamant and

there are those who seek to listen and understand.


The Price of Compassion

Embracing pain and suffering

Accepting the reality of personal sacrifice

Expecting to be misunderstood and maligned

Surrendering your will to the moving of the Spirit

and the love of God

Footnotes:

Because: There are those who are fearful and

those who resist being fearful.

There are those who are adamant and

there are those who seek to listen and understand.


How shall we minister to others?

Consider what Christ has done for you

Show the same compassion to others

that you have received from Him


Footnotes:

Because, there are those who are fearful and | those who resist being fearful.

Because, there are those who are adamant and there are those who seek to listen and understand.

 

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