What Jesus teaches about Compassion


Have you ever felt a deep sense of care and concern for someone else’s well-being? That’s compassion at work within you. Jesus Christ, throughout His ministry, exemplified the true meaning of compassion by showing kindness, love, and concern for those in need. As followers of Christ, we are called to embody this same compassion in our daily lives. It’s easy to become caught up in our routines and miss the opportunities to show love and kindness to others, but Jesus’ teachings remind us that compassion is foundational to living out our faith.

In this devotional, we will explore what Jesus teaches about compassion and how we can apply His lessons in our own lives. Through understanding His words and actions, we can become more compassionate individuals, bringing light and love into the world around us. Let’s dive into a specific Bible verse that highlights this powerful message.

Bible Verse

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." — Matthew 9:36 (NIV)


This verse from the Gospel of Matthew paints a vivid picture of Jesus’ heart. When He saw the crowds, He didn’t just see a multitude of people; He saw their troubles, their pains, their helplessness. Jesus didn’t view them with irritation or indifference; He felt deep compassion for them.

Jesus’ compassion wasn’t passive—He was moved to act. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and taught them about the kingdom of God. Compassion, as Jesus demonstrated, goes beyond mere sympathy. It involves recognizing the suffering of others and taking steps to alleviate that suffering. His example invites us to open our eyes to the needs around us and respond with heartfelt actions.

In showing compassion, we not only reflect Jesus’ love but also bring hope and healing to those who feel harassed and helpless. It’s a call to be shepherds of peace and kindness in a sometimes cold and uncaring world.

Actions to Take

  • Be Present: Take time each day to notice the people around you. Sometimes, a friendly smile or a few kind words can make all the difference.

  • Practice Small Acts of Kindness: Offer to help a neighbor with groceries, volunteer at a local shelter, or simply hold the door open for someone. These small acts add up.

  • Listen Actively: Often, people just need someone to listen to them. Practice active listening without interrupting or offering solutions.

  • Donate or Volunteer: Find a cause you’re passionate about and contribute your time, skills, or resources.

  • Pray for Others: Lift others up in prayer. Sometimes, it’s the most powerful way we can show compassion.

Journal Prompts

  • How have I experienced compassion from others in my own life?

  • What are some specific ways I can show compassion to my family, friends, and community?

  • Reflect on a time when I failed to show compassion. What can I learn from that experience?

  • How does Jesus’ example of compassion challenge my current attitudes and actions?

  • What steps can I take to cultivate a more compassionate heart?


Dear Lord,

Thank You for Your perfect example of compassion. Help me to see others through Your eyes and to respond with a heart full of love and kindness. Soften my heart to the needs around me and grant me the courage to act, even in small ways, to alleviate suffering. Guide my thoughts and actions so that I can reflect Your love and bring comfort to those who are struggling. In Jesus’ name, I pray.


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In conclusion, Jesus’ teachings about compassion are a powerful reminder of the importance of kindness, empathy, and action in our faith journey. When we follow His example, we not only enrich our own lives but also bring hope and healing to those around us. Compassion is a simple yet profound way to live out our faith daily.

Thank you for joining us in this short Bible study on compassion. We encourage you to continue exploring and applying the teachings of Jesus with us at BGodInspired.com. Together, we can make a difference in the world by embodying the love and compassion that Jesus demonstrated so perfectly.

Be blessed, and let your compassion shine brightly!

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