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9 Bible Verses About Love and Compassion With Other Religions

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Tim Truzy is a minister in a Christian church, and he has participated in other religions.

Christians have a moral responsibility to be compassionate and loving.

Christians have a moral responsibility to be compassionate and loving.

Compassion and Love go Together

Extolling the virtue of mercy is crucial in most religions. Indeed, mercy and compassion are synonyms. However, the quality of compassion arises from an awareness of suffering and the desire to end it. Compassion is not pity, but it is the ability to recognize someone is having difficulties coupled with a desire to reduce it. Essentially, mercy is not thinking you are better than another. Demonstrating this personal characteristic involves comprehending we are all human and everyone needs help now and then. Compassion is a key element of love. For these reasons, religious texts like the Bible offers guidance on behaving mercifully.

In fact, the Bible mentions compassion and mercy nearly three hundred times in the King James Version. As an ordained Christian minister, I often assist others with understanding the concept of compassion while practicing accordingly with love. Below are nine Bible verses concerning mercy from the King James Version. Also, I explain what other religions say about compassion. Finally, some ideas for acting with mercy in your life are provided.

The Bible has many verses about compassion and love.

The Bible has many verses about compassion and love.

Nine Bible Verses About Love and Compassion

  • 1 John 3:17: “But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
  • 1 Peter 3:8: “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”
  • Ephesians 4:32: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
  • James 5:11: “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”
  • Lamentations 3:22-23: “It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
  • Lamentations 3:32: “But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.”
  • Mark 6:34: “And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.”
  • Philippians 2:3: “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
  • Zechariah 7:9-10: “Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.”

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Having insight is a key to developing compassion, such as assisting with a chair for an elderly person who may have trouble standing.

Having insight is a key to developing compassion, such as assisting with a chair for an elderly person who may have trouble standing.

What Do Other Religions Say about Compassion?

Truthfully, the Bible is rich with verses pertaining to compassion, but other religions also advise practitioners on the subject as well. For example, Buddhism describes compassion as the ability to bear the pains of others with insight. Without doing so, a Buddhist cannot obtain enlightenment. Furthermore, in the writings of Abdu’l-Baha, one of the founders of the, Baha’I faith, followers are encouraged to recognize moral instruction is more important than book learning for children because the well behaved child brings benefits to others. However, practitioners of the faith are encouraged to help the child grow up with both types of education. Coincidentally, Chinese traditional religions, such as Confucianism, remind people to be merciful to others.


The Importance of Compassion and Love in the Christian Faith

In essence, most religions value compassion like Christians. Throughout the New Testament in the Bible, Jesus Christ offers love and understanding to His Followers. For instance, in the Book of Mathew, verses 4:22-23, Jesus healed the sick. In the same book, we learn He fed a multitude with limited resources of fish and loaves of bread. Jesus Christ cured blindness and ended leprosy among a group of individuals as well. In the Bible, Christians are informed He raised the dead; but the most important act of compassion and love Performed by Jesus Christ was dying for our sins so we may live eternally with God.


Although we may not have the abilities of Jesus Christ, we do have the capacity to be loving and merciful. Thinking of others and acting in kindness seldom cost us financially and often alleviates suffering in others. Giving your time to someone through a loving act is probably the best way to exhibit compassion. Perhaps, this is why all of the major religions speak of mercy as a positive attribute for men and women to strive for in life. After all, most religions inform us God is compassionate, and we want to show behaviors and attitudes pleasing to Him.

In addition, we are creatures of habit. Learning to conduct our lives with mercy will become natural with practice. An added benefit will be those around will begin to value your behavior and perform compassionate deeds as well. Let compassion and love be vaccines for the moral illnesses faced by our world. Below are some simple acts of compassion we can do daily; these are not the only acts of mercy we can do, but they are starting points.

Providing food or helping with chores is one way to display compassion.

Providing food or helping with chores is one way to display compassion.

Compassionate Deeds We can Do

  • Talking with lonely people is a great way to show compassion. I frequently visit nursing homes, discussing many topics with the senior individuals there. We share many laughs and stories.
  • Saying the simple phrase, “thank you” may be a way of brightening someone’s day. We never know what another person is enduring. Showing a little thoughtfulness in manners may be the difference between someone feeling of no value or having a wonderful day.
  • Hug someone. Hugging has a positive impact on individuals. Likewise, shake someone’s hand. Let them know they are appreciated in this world.
  • Helping with chores can also benefit another individual. Walking the dog, grocery shopping, picking up medications, cleaning – completing these tasks may be exactly what someone needs to have a peaceful day.
  • Listening attentively and courteously to another’s concerns is still one more way of demonstrating love and compassion. While you are listening, avoid making judgmental comments or being condescending. Such behavior detracts from true compassion and can be taken as offensive.
  • Volunteer to read mail or the newspaper for elderly individuals or people with vision loss. You may also take out the garbage, wash dishes, or any number of activities to help a person dealing with chronic illness or a disability.
  • Volunteering at shelters for animals also shows a caring heart. You may also wish to assist at your local homeless shelter.
  • Bringing food to those who cannot shop for themselves is merciful. People may not know who to ask for assistance when they need help. If you are aware of a need for food, share what you have.
  • Assist when a person may need home repairs. You may be able to aid with fixing a loose board, stairs, or simply changing a light bulb. Help some with garden or lawn work.
  • Help a single parent with children. Such parents have many tasks to do. Be understanding by helping to pick up children at school, assist with homework, or any other way the parent requires.
  • If you have an automobile, you can give people a ride to appointments. Cabs and bus fare can be expensive. Giving them a lift can show kindness.

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References

Education for a Compassionate Society - - BahaiTeachings.org. Retrieved September 1, 2019, from: https://bahaiteachings.org/education-for-a-compassionate-society

Religion in China – Wikipedia. Retrieved September 1, 2019, from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_China

The Importance of Compassion or Karuna in Buddhism. Retrieved September 1, 2019, from: https://www.learnreligions.com/buddhism-and-compassion-449719

© 2019 Tim Truzy

Comments

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on April 07, 2020:

I appreciate those who visit and make observations in the comments. Mercy is about selflessness; our reward is beyond this realm for those who believe. Helping others is its own reward, which I speak to in the article. Thanks for dropping by.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 20, 2019:

Recently, I attended a play when tickets were given to me by a friend. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by the compassionate act. Giving others unexpected gifts which makes them smile is another way to show kindness and compassion. Also, when we have an oops moment, it's nice to have a kind friend tell you: "That must have been a mistake." Yes, it happens. Have a merry Christmas and remember to show love and understanding.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on November 11, 2019:

Today, I had the pleasure of accompanying an elderly gentleman to his doctor's appointment. We were glad to learn he was doing fine, and we shared a cup of coffee. The wonderful stories he shared with me about growing up in rural Penn. made my day. Everyone should try doing something like that at some point. I appreciate the visit.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 15, 2019:

Hello, friend across the warming Atlantic. We hear so much about differences, people don't focus on the similarities in religions. My faith in what I believe isn't threatened by another person's beliefs, and I wrote this article praying many people can find commonalities in other religions to help them understand each other. Your comments are always appreciated. I enjoy your thoughtful visits. Respect and admiration.

Nell Rose from England on September 15, 2019:

Great words of wisdom Tim. I have always loved other people's religions and cultures. And it saddens me to see how the politically correct people try to constantly cause trouble. But we won't go there, lol! great article!

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 06, 2019:

Thank you, Ms. Dora. Compassion is something we should reflect on every day as people who love God, as you of course, know. I pray this is useful for many who are trying to reach that goal, even benefiting those who prefer not to know Him. Maybe acting with compassion will help those who do not know Him develop a relationship with our loving God. As always, your comment is greatly valued. Respect and admiration.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 06, 2019:

Beautiful topic. You showcased powerful Bible verses and your suggestions for activities are very practical. This kind of article is good for daily reading until one grasps the concept and begins to act on it. Thank you.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Thanks, Eric. By the way, in one of your articles, you emphasized "hugging" and that sparked the idea for this article. If we were more compassionate toward each other in this world, I can only imagine how many problems would disappear.

Often I read about the tragedies like we saw recently across TX and our nation and how many times do we read the person was isolated or alone. Thank you again.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Thank you, Mary. We all fail sometimes. But we try to remember. I recall reading your article about the raccoons. That made me smile for days. I went outside and put bird feed in the feeder and played with my dogs for hours. I called my son and chatted for a few more. You see, you can remind people to be compassionate in many ways through the truth of your own actions. Thanks for reading and commenting. Respect and admiration.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Hello, Doug. Thanks for the visit. I think God gave us the hard work of trying to love and be compassionate to others on Earth because where He lives, there is no division.

Yet, when I read your articles, there is always an insightful and caring person behind the pen. That's who I know: an educated compassionate soul who cares about spreading knowledge for others to learn.

Bless you, and may your day be peaceful and joyful.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Hi, Eric, you are doing His work. That's the coolest work of all. Tonight I get to play piano at the nursing home. They enjoy my Sinatra imitation and my wife is tickled to see these folk dance and rock to the beat. They smile and that makes my week.

When it's cooler outside, I'll be cutting grass; now, I'm taking more time to pray for our fellow humans who have endured trouble in the Bahamas. Thanks again for your positive comments. Maybe we can make compassion go viral.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Uh shucks, Eric. Don't feel stalked at all. I feel honored, brother. I love the quote from Zachariah. I think many people in high and low places should read that one. Always respectful and admiration from me to you, Eric.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Tim I am not stalking you. But I came back to copy paste and print your quotes. On the "wall of love" they go. Thanks much friend.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Wonderful. I get to get up and figure out what love I can give today. Well today I woke up mad. What is up with that?

But then a good friend writes a missive like this and wow am I back on track. Missy Alice (92) needs some help today. I get to go to the grocery store today and pick up trash and put some shopping carts right and if I lucky help someone carrying their stuff and let someone go in front of me in line.

The Veterans place will take my clothes and we will recycle. I have nothing better to do! YES! (well a good hike) And maybe some work? I have not settled on work yet.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Thanks, Pamela. It is the little things that matter. I appreciate your visit. Gratitude.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Thanks, Jason. I appreciate your comment. I pray people do reach out to others. Respect and admiration

Doug West from Missouri on September 03, 2019:

Tim:

Good article. It is sometimes very hard to show people compassion, especially when they are different than yourself. I am a work in progress.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 03, 2019:

Tim, this is a good reminder for us. Sometimes, we just keep living our own lives unaware of the needs of others.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Right on Brother. Look over our way and you best jump on that pony of love. "Although we may not have the abilities of Jesus Christ, we do have the capacity to be loving and merciful."

We can rock on here.

Now out here So. Cal. way it seems we are having some sickness regarding our homeless friends. I have avoided them for a few weeks.

You just lit me on fire. Why not just go and buy wipe's and some masks. As my elder brother says --- Eric "get her done." I am going to get her done today -- I can hardly wait!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2019:

I certainly agree with all have the capability to be loving and merciful. I am physically able to do many things now, but I do make a point of looking anyone I meet in the eye and I smile. I also talk to my older friends who are alone and sometimes just listen.

It is the little things that count sometimes. People were so good to me when my mother passed away in June. I had so many phone calls offering help, they sent cards and brought food. It meant the world to me to have that support.

Jason Reid Capp from Tokyo, Japan on September 02, 2019:

Excellent article, Tim! I especially loved the sections on other religions stances on compassion and the deeds we can do now. Really helpful and insightful, and I hope the people who read this will feel compelled to go out and make a difference. Thank you!