Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #11 --- Compassion

Quotations on Compassion

The divine curriculum of higher education for the heart outlines happiness as based on generosity and compassion.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 18, 1937.

There is nothing more intolerant than infidelity; nothing more compassionate than truly inspired faith.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 1, 1942.

To our lowliness God gives stars; to our patience, the radiant compassion beyond them.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 16, 1944.

The Christmas spirit is a spiritual attitude, wherein faith and hope blend with love. A Christmas without devout faith is like a night without starlight. Because of the Author of its inspiration, the Christmas spirit is one of joy in giving, and of peace in forgiving. Christmas is one touch of Divine Nature that makes the whole world kin. The world could be remade overnight if the compassionate meaning of Christmas would sink into every heart.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 19, 1954.

As human survival is dependent on human sympathy, timely compassion holds the key to eternal salvation.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 19, 1955.

Compassion is our common human need—toward each other as we expect it from our eternal Judge. To be hardhearted, unforgiving, ungenerous in spirit is to be shortsighted, even mentally blind. No one knows how much—how soon—his own heart’s crying need may be one for compassionate understanding.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 3, 1957.

Our love and respect for one another are basically warranted by a bond of compassion.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 1, 1957.

We are no stronger than when we are patient, no sincerer than when we are selfless, no more reasonable than we are tolerant, no more responsible than we are compassionate.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 17, 1957.

No one can satisfy with selfishness the individual need of love which all have in common. To open the heart with compassion for others is to admit the sunlight of serenity.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 9, 1958.

To withhold compassion for mental illness is to admit a degree of it in oneself.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 15, 1959.

Let our enjoyment of what we have be tempered with compassion for others in what they are unhappily denied.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 5, 1959.

Heaven pity those who have no compassion for the world’s unfortunate and helpless.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 11, 1960.

Soon or late, we all share in the woes of humanity and in the human need of compassion.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 30, 1960.

No one need feel sorry for himself with all humanity awaiting the embrace of compassion.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 1, 1961.

There is room for improvement in every heart—room for more compassion for the world’s woebegone.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 7, 1961.

To pray for the world’s unfortunate is to anticipate one’s own eventual need of divine compassion.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 3, 1962.

The greatest of all passions is compassion for humanity.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 25, 1962.

Nothing does the human heart more good than sharing in divine compassion for the unfortunate.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 20, 1963.

The compassion of divinity is reserved for those who are sympathetic to humanity.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 5, 1964.

As beneficiaries of divine compassion, we are in turn obligated to human sympathy.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 26, 1965.

To become involved in the human needs of others is to invite divine compassion for ourselves.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 22, 1965.

Without human sympathy for others, one need not expect divine compassion for oneself.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 10, 1965.

Compassion is the ultimate test of character.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 5, 1965.

Love for the Lord is best shown by sharing His compassion for the downtrodden, the poor and the weak.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 1, 1967.

We never know when we may be similarly in need of compassion as others who appeal to us.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 26, 1967.

Only compassion for one’s fellow man can commend us to the Lord’s mercy.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 23, 1967.

None are so shortsighted as those who view others’ misery without compassion.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 22, 1967.

Compassion for the woefully poor is what we shall want for ourselves when we face the Judgment.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 2, 1967.

When the heart is full of compassion there is not room for prejudice.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Juniata Sentinel and Republican, Mifflintown, Pa., April 8, 1896.

Complacence with sin is not compassionate for the sinner.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Manning Times, Manning, S.C., July 8, 1903.

The man who can look at a multitude without compassion is not living very close to Christ.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Millbrook Mirror and Round Table, Millbrook, N.Y., July 28, 1911.

Humility of spirit is the child of compassion and kindness. It never thinks more highly of itself than it ought to think. The love that yields to others is never exalted in self-appraisal.

---Harold J. Sutton, The Alliance Weekly, New York, N.Y., July 21, 1954.

There is one spirit whose divinity no man can deny, and that is the unwearied compassion which indefatigably keeps on loving when love goes unrewarded.

---Harry Emerson Fosdick, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., July 16, 1934.

Compassion for the man in “the hole,” with a passion to life him out and fill “the hole,” should be the Christian’s cry of the age.

---C.H. Riddle, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Feb. 5, 1916.

When Jesus saw the multitude it always filled Him with compassion for their wretchedness. I don’t know of a better test of one’s likeness to Jesus. How does it affect you to see human misery and woe? Does it fill your soul with sympathy and compassion? Do you year to help them that need? If not, I care not who you are, you have not the spirit of Christ.

---W.H. Duncan, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Sept. 5, 1914.

The greatest motive for redemptive work is compassion. This was the dynamite that moved Jesus Christ as He journeyed through the land like a ray of sunlight healing and revivifying all with whom He came in contact. Jesus taught great principles, revealed a matchless character, exercised divine power in controlling the forces of the universe, but what makes Jesus precious to the heart of sorrowing, suffering humanity is the tears that reveal a heart of love. It requires a heart filled with the compassion of Christ placed against the cold, cheerless heart of a dying world to win it back to God.

---J.A. Huntley, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., July 26, 1909.

The original meaning of the word compassion means to bear another's pain, to suffer with another in his distress, to feel a responsibility toward another. When Jesus showed compassion, He did not merely offer a kind word or a warm hand. He identified Himself with the pain, the suffering, the heartaches and the deepseated hopes of the other man. He became, you might say, that man. He felt his anxiety; He sensed his tears; He shared his troubles. He and that man became one. It is easy enough to be charitable and generous, giving of our abundant energy and money for another's welfare. But we show compassion when we share our life, our mind, our thoughts with another, considering his pain as our pain, his joy as our joy.

—Charles L. Allen, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., April 10, 1957.

Compassion measures duty in terms of human suffering and needs. Jesus was moved with the feeling of our infirmities.

—Albert R. Bond, Baptist Education Bulletin, Birmingham, Ala., November 1920.

A man without compassion is a cold, unfeeling, mechanical person. He is probably selfish, self-centered, and egotistical. He has little or no feeling of the need of humanity.

—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., March 23, 1949.

Mercifulness is simple kindness that drives people to do good for others and not expect anything in return. In the word of God you would call it compassion. Jesus was moved with compassion. That's mercy. Jesus healed people who could never do anything for Him. They could never do anything back for Him. Many people like to do good for those who can do good back to them. If you are going to spend time or money helping someone, is it going to be someone who can't do anything for you? That's the proof of compassion.

—Mike Clark, Build Your House on the Rock, Lake Charles, La., April 16, 1996.

Compassion means to suffer with another. You can so identify yourself with his needs that they become your own. ... The Golden Rule reduced to its basic element simply means that you should imagine what you would like for a man to do for you were you in his condition; then go and do it. Such an attitude will rise above the problems inherent in our relations with other men. It will enable us to become good neighbors. It will reflect the spirit of Christ who came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for all who believe in Him.

—Herschel H. Hobbs, The Beam, Fort Worth, Texas, February 1961.

Compassion is to suffer with another as though you were undergoing the same ordeal or pain that he is undergoing.

—Richard H. "Dick" Hogan, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, May 9, 1981.

Howsoever varied our several liveries of service, we are all servants of God according to the best several light that we have. And where a common service is possible, brotherly love is possible. Where brotherly love is possible, divine love need not be far away. For love is indeed the royal law to which we all must bow. Hate has wounded and wrecked the world so cruelly that we need the wine and oil of compassion to bind up the hurts of mankind and bring healing to our universal distress.

—Lynn W. Landrum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 27, 1947.

To be compassionate is to suffer with those who are suffering, and to find ways of relieving their suffering. Jesus proclaimed that our God is a loving, forgiving, merciful God, a God rich in compassion. Jesus proclaimed this truth in both His words and actions. The task of parents ... and all Christians is to proclaim a God rich in compassion. It is also their task to instill into the hearts of those who hear them the desire to be rich in compassion, too.

—Lisa Rine, The Church Today, Alexandria, La., Sept. 12, 1984.

Our capacity for compassion is in danger of collapse because of prosperity, indulgence and indifference. There must be sacrifice and service impelled by a factor not dependent upon human frailty and passion. Like Christ, we must go beyond passion to compassion-inspired service. ... Love must be there, widening the horizon of sympathy, crystallizing sympathy into deeds of mercy.

—Mrs. E.A. Lower, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 24, 1941.

Compassion is a beautiful word. The mere pronouncing–COMPASSION–brings immediately to mind the godly attributes of loving kindness, the charity of the Savior, the benevolence of the good Samaritan, the instances in which we have been the recipient of someone’s loving, tender care, or the joy which blessed our lives when we gave some needed compassionate service. ... Compassionate service is given with the warmth of love, the tenderness of sympathy, the empathy of understanding, and with the dedication of sisters imbued with the desire to give service.

—Louise W. Madsen, Millennial Star, London, England, June 1967.

Compassion is one of the godliest attributes of man. It combines the qualities of sympathy, pity, mercy, condolence, and fellow-suffering. It is one of the talents God gives to all men, and one upon which it is our duty to pay multifold interest. It is one of the virtues of the human family which, if cultivated, beautifies the soul of man, and if neglected, deprives it of its tenderness.

—Adelaide Eldredge, Young Woman’s Journal, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 1900.

Compassion is the word and spirit and reaction of Christian love exposed to life. Christlike compassion can never be content merely with words.

—Robert W. Searle, New York Times, New York, New York, June 29, 1936.

Compassion is love which seeks to help all.

—Melvin V. Strother, The New Era, Eunice, La., July 27, 1937.

Men who are lacking in compassion for others, who are greedy and selfish, who are bigoted and full of pride, attempt to hide their real ambitions and attitudes behind the robes of respectability.

—H.M. Baggarly, Tulia Herald, Tulia, Texas, June 8, 1961.

He cannot move hearts whose heart cannot be moved.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 13, 1907.

You cannot carry the cup of comfort to another without being blessed by its fragrance yourself.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 3, 1909.

“That I may know the fellowship of His sufferings.” (Philippians 3:10.) The fellowship of suffering is common to all men, but the fellowship of His sufferings is the very heart of the Christian life, and distinguishes it from all others. Union with Christ means the reproduction in us of all the essential experiences of His life. Who knows not the fellowship of His sufferings cannot know the power of His resurrection, or enter into His glory. It is that fellowship that makes us like unto Him and brings us to perfection and glory. Now this fellowship of His sufferings assumes various forms. It is first seen in sympathy with Christ. What is sympathy but a fellowship of suffering, by which we enter into the feelings of another. ... We tread with Him the path of pain that goes to Calvary, surely the contemplation of His sufferings will touch and move our hearts! Then, too, this fellowship will express itself in something of Christ’s infinite compassion and deep concern for fallen humanity. The same black pall of human misery and hopelessness that weighed upon His heart will weigh upon ours. Standing beneath His dripping cross we shall share His vast love and anxiety for lost souls everywhere, and we shall endeavor to be to others what He is to us. And that will send us into another form of fellowship in His sufferings, that of vicarious sacrifice. The unfinished task of world redemption bequeathed to us can only be consummated in His spirit of vicarious living. Self-denial and self-sacrifice are still fundamental conditions of discipleship. ... Finally, this fellowship of suffering leads to fellowship in glory. “If so be that we suffer with Him that we may be glorified together.”

—G. Arthur Fry, Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pa., March 30, 1925.

Jesus saw, as no one else ever saw, the pain and sin and woe of the world. This multitude of men and women bowed down beneath their burdens of sin and care and sorrow stirred our Lord to a passion of pity for them. "He saw the multitudes and was moved with compassion." Vision is still the condition of compassion. In our society there is a lot of complacency and callousness and unconcern. If we once really saw the need and misery of our people, we could not be indifferent to the wrongs of life. ... The Christian is one who enters into the fellowship of Christ's suffering. He is one who is willing to share Christ's sorrows. Therefore if we are really anxious and in earnest in the manner of being like Christ, we will make it our business to try to see. We will bring ourselves face to face with the tragic facts of life. When we see men, we shall think of the burdens and cares and sorrows that they bear. We will train ourselves to see the multitudes as Christ saw them. We shall think not only of their circumstances, but of their immortal souls and seeing them in their want and need and sin, we, too, like Jesus, shall be moved with compassion.

—Howard P. Giddens, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 19, 1953.

Compassion, by definition, is a sympathetic consciousness of another’s distress, together with enough desire to eliminate it or at least to alleviate some of the conditions creating the discomfort. It is a trait which often succumbs to the logic of expediency or the modern cliches like, “It doesn’t concern me,” or “I don’t need to get involved.” However, when an act of compassion is brought to our attention, it somehow clarifies what we are and provides a fleeting observation into what we could make of ourselves. Beyond this there is also a reminder of the promises made to those who are merciful.

—Ted L. Hanks, Spanish Fork Press, Spanish Fork, Utah, Jan. 10, 1980.

Compassion literally means love on fire, feeling with and for others, warm and tender emotions; sympathy for others to the extent of suffering. ... Compassion is an essential element in Christian service. Genuine compassion stems from an experience and association with Jesus. ... Our compassion will be in proportion to our submission to the will of God.

—W.L. Meadows, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Nov. 18, 1954.

How is compassion expressed? It cannot be expressed outwardly unless it is felt inwardly. It is manifested by the way a man lives ... and the depth of his concern for the welfare of others, particularly as they are related to God and the eternal values dependent upon that relationship. How is compassion measured? Frequently it is measured by a man's willingness to give himself to meet the needs of others. How he uses his time and his talents is a very accurate measure of his concern for others.

—T.A. Patterson, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 12, 1964.

What is compassion? Something more than a strangely pleasant emotion is compassion; quite other than a passing thrill of anxiety. Compassion is more than the glance of pity. Compassion is that deep and abiding concern and sympathy for the needy which beholds values that are being wasted, talents that are unused, virtues that are being destroyed and humanhood that is being lost. Compassion is the good Samaritan that defies every difficulty and that flies to the rescue of such humanity wherever found. The tragedy of human need inspires heroic service. Christ was compassionate because He possessed a keen sense of right living. The fires of holiness always burned on His alter. His conscience was the delicate conscience. Oh, how he could and how He can feel and how He does feel. ... Christ knew holiness and also knew how to enter into the sphere of our infirmities. He was touched by our infirmities. He could feel the slightest touch and hear the faintest whisper of the burdened soul. Therefore, when He saw that the people scattered and fainted and had no shepherd, His compassion asserted itself and He must fly to their rescue.

—Francis Burgette Short, Salt Lake Herald-Republican, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 24, 1911.

To deal compassionately is to reflect a divine quality. Mercy bespeaks the manifestations of love even to those who may seem to treat us unfairly, even dishonestly, maliciously and harshly. To be merciful is to forgive, even as we would be forgiven. It fulfills the requirements of the Lord’s prayer, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Surely, unless we ourselves forgive those who trespass against us, we have little reason to expect that quality to be manifested toward ourselves.

—James H. Wallis, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, May 26, 1932.

Compassion is the motivating force that moves one far beyond the feeling of sympathy. It is the driving force that touches the depth of one's heartstrings, and compels him to do something about the situation. It is always much easier to sit back and look at the situation and feel sorry. But to sacrifice, to give, to pray, to work requires much more--compassion. Lamentations 3:22 says, "His compassions fail not." Everywhere Jesus went, His compassion compelled Him to correct or change the situation. Compassion will cost you something! Time, effort, money--all these and more.

—Wade B. East, Baptist Message, Alexandria, La., Aug. 29, 1985.

Vision always precedes compassion.

—Homer G. Lindsay, The Sunday School Builder, Nashville, Tenn., October 1948.

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