Compassion – what is it? The dictionary definition tells us that it is a feeling of sorrow and pity for someone in trouble, e.g. compassionate leave – a special absence from work if we are bereaved.
Whatever compassion is, God seems to have an endless supply of it. We even declare this in our hymns. “Great is Thy faithfulness....Thy compassions they fail not.” There are dozens of references throughout the bible to compassion, and in all of them the feeling they convey to me is that compassion in the Godly sense is far more profound than in the dictionary definition.
It seems that compassion has a touch of mercy about it. So just as God's special love for His people in redeeming them from Egypt (Deuteronomy 13, 17 – 18) and caring for them in the wilderness became the guiding principle for their treatment of others, so our redemption through Christ and His daily care in our lives is the basis of the Christian life.