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Introduction

His Roles: Week 1

His Roles: Week 2

His Roles: Week 3

His Roles: Week 4

His Joy: Week 5

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His Strength: Week 9

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His Strength: Week 11

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His Sensitivity: Week 13

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His Loyalty: Week 17

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His Leadership: Week 25

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His Leadership: Week 27

His Leadership: Week 28

His Teachings: Week 29

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His Teachings: Week 32

His Light: Week 33

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His Priorities: Week 37

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His Balance: Week 48

Next Year:

By Richard and Linda Eyre

WEEK 23: COMPASSION, EMPATHY

Just as we cannot think of Beethoven without thinking of music, we cannot think of Christ without thinking of love one of the most beautiful elements of Christ’s love was (and is) his compassion and empathy. He always fed the hungry crowds; he always stayed a little longer. The awesomeness of his true perfection lies more in the good he never failed to do than in the wrongs he never did.

One great quality possessed by my dear wife (and by many other women) is a particular, beautiful, natural, deep-felt compassion for anyone small, or weak, or sick, or poor – an instant empathy, a tear-to-the-eye caring that causes her to reach out, to hold, to help. We see everywhere in Christ this compassion, this empathy, this gentleness, this “unto the least of these” attitude that teaches more than words ever could.

Consider Christ’s love for children – a love that held them, and blessed them, and that was “much displeased” when they were mistreated or deliberately kept from him (see Mark 10:13-16). So tender was his love for little children that it caused him to weep, and so powerful was the same love that it brought down from heaven “angels…in the midst of fire.”

Consider the compassion and love he showed for widows (see Luke 4:25-26, 21:3), for beggars (see Luke 16:20), for the poor and oppressed (see Matthew 11:5; Luke 4:18). Indeed, it is not Christ’s love for certain categories of people that is so overwhelming; it is his love for all categories of people.

Where lies complete compassion? Is it in the love of the poor, the frail, the fatherless? Or is there an even deeper, even stronger compassion in loving the sinner, even when the person hurt by the sin is you?

Christ loved the ignorant sinner enough to forgive and forget and teach him a better way. And he loved the willful sinner enough to correct and chasten him with plain, straightforward words.

Christ’s compassion is so boundless that if we will open ourselves fully to it, it will flow in so deeply that we will run over and drip our compassion into the lives of others.
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