Thursday, November 25th, 2010
"The love the Christ has compels us"
(2 Corinthians 5:14)
How did Jesus show love for others? His willingness to surrender his soul in mankind's behalf was the ultimate expression of his love. (John 15:13) However, during his ministry, Jesus also showed love in other ways. For instance, he had fellow feeling for those who were suffering. When he saw Mary and those with her weeping over the death of Lazarus, he was greatly touched by their sorrow. Although he was about to resurrect Lazarus, Jesus was so moved that he "gave way to tears." (John 11:32-35) Early in Jesus' ministry, a leper approached Jesus and said: "If you just want to, you can make me clean." Under the Mosaic Law, lepers were unclean, and Jesus could certainly have healed the man without physical contact. Yet, as Jesus healed the leper, he allowed him to feel the touch of another human, perhaps for the first time in years. What a tender act of compassion!—Mark 1:40-42.
(Watchtower issue: 1/15/09, 1:15-17)
extra reference material:
Empathy--Key to Kindness and Compassion
(a really good article about learning how to cultivate empathy and compassion for others)
Have Consideration For the Feelings of Others
(previous post about how Jesus' demonstrated compassion for the leper he healed)
A Sure Hope For the Dead
(excerpt from an article about how Jesus felt prior to resurrecting Lazarus at John 11:32-38):
'God Will Have a Yearning'
"Jesus' heartfelt compassion is indicated by three expressions: "groaned," "became troubled," and "gave way to tears." The original-language words used in recording this touching scene indicate that Jesus was so deeply moved by the death of his dear friend Lazarus and the sight of Lazarus' sister weeping that His eyes brimmed over with tears...Restoring humans to life, then, is not a mere procedure for Jesus. His tender and deep feelings as manifested on this occasion clearly indicate his intense desire to undo the ravages of death.
Since Jesus is 'the exact representation of Jehovah God's very being,' we rightly expect no less of our heavenly Father..."