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Views on Compassion

Christianity

The Christian Bible’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians is but one place where God is spoken of as the “Father of compassion” and the “God of all comfort.”  It reads as follows: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves received from God.  For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.  If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.  And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.  Jesus embodies for Christians, the very essence of compassion and relational care.  Christ challenges Christians to forsake their own desires and to act compassionately towards others, particularly those in need or distress.  Jesus assures his listeners in the Sermon on the Mount that, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”  In the Parable of the Good Samaritan he holds up to his followers the ideal of compassionate conduct.  True Christian compassion, say the Gospels, should extend to all, even to the extent of loving one’s enemies.

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