Compassion marked the ministry of Jesus Christ; as Christians we imitate that compassion. No matter where you are in the world this distinction stands out . . . it marks and makes you distinctive as a disciple of the one whose compassion made a way to the Father for all of mankind.
Humanistic compassion is different. Humanism is human-centered, making human beings, not God, the center of everything. The difference is the Lord’s compassion centers on the love of the Father for humanity and for all life; social or religious philosophies do not rise to the level of value God places on every human life—a value based upon His own divine and compassionate Love for His creation. God is Creator and humanity is His creation, not the reverse.
Humanity’s need is not just for rescue. The deepest human need is redemption and restoration of relationship to humanity’s loving Creator, “our Father.” In responding to physical or emotional needs only and not to man’s deep need for relationship with the Creator, secular ethics based in humanistic terms of dignity or freedom cannot compare to the elevation God initiated for all mankind in the miracle of redemption through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That’strue compassion.
Matthew 14:14 | Matthew 15:32 | Psalm 37:37 | John 14:6| Psalm 103:1-5 | Verses@Once