Compassion

Pray to start

Ask God to show you His compassion and to teach you how to be compassionate to others.

What do you think?

If you were the king or queen of the world for the day, what would you do?

About Compassion

Another word for compassion is kindness. If you see someone who’s sad and want to be kind to them to cheer them up, you're showing compassion.

Compassion UK was called ‘Compassion’ because Jesus said in Matthew’s Gospel, "I have compassion on the multitude. I will not send them away hungry" (Matthew 15:32). Here at Compassion we help churches in poor areas to make sure children who are very poor are safe and not hungry. We also help the children to go to school, to have safe water, to have medicines and care if they’re sick and to know how much they are loved by Jesus.

When you imagined you were king or queen for the day, did you show compassion to others ?

What the Bible says

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

A thought

It’s good news that you or I are not king or queen of the world if your ideas on what you would do were anything like mine: riding a giraffe or water-skiing along the Thames wouldn’t really benefit anyone but me. Maybe you had some better ideas that did help others, but either way, we have a much better ruler of the world, God!

We can trust God, as ruler of the world, to always do what is right because He is perfect. He is good and loving. This verse talks about Him being compassionate and gracious. He is slow to anger, full of love and faithfulness.

What brilliant news for us that we have a compassionate and gracious God! He is kind to us and forgives us when we don’t do what’s right.

The biggest demonstration of God’s love for us was to send His own precious Son Jesus to show us how to live. Perfect, sinless Jesus then died to pay for everything we have and will ever do wrong. He rose again, taking our sin from us so that we can be friends with God again.

How does Jesus teach us, in turn, to show compassion to people around us?

Why not…

Make your own kindness coupons and give them to friends and family as presents. Print out the coupons below, colour them in and add in your own ideas of how you can show kindness and compassion to your friends and family. 

Prayer

God, please can you help me to be compassionate and kind to people I know, both my family, friends and people at school.