53+ Bible Verses About Compassion

By:
Shaun Connell.
Last updated
May 15, 2024
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Compassion is at the heart of the Christian journey, reflecting God's immense love and mercy towards us. This article gathers 56 Bible verses and 7 Christian quotes to inspire and guide you in understanding the depth of compassion from a Christian perspective.

Through these scriptures and reflections, we aim to nurture your spirit and encourage a deeper connection with Jesus's teachings. Explore these verses and quotes for a comprehensive understanding of what living a life of compassion means.

Understanding Compassion in Scripture

"Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:"

- 1 Peter 3:8

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

- Ephesians 4:32

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"

- Micah 6:8

"Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:"

- Zechariah 7:9

"The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy."

- Psalms 145:8

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;"

- 2 Corinthians 1:3

"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him."

- Psalms 103:13

The Example of Jesus’ Compassion

"But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd."

- Matthew 9:36

"And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick."

- Matthew 14:14

"Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way."

- Matthew 15:32

"And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean."

- Mark 1:41

"And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not."

- Luke 7:13

"So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him."

- Matthew 20:34

"And he arose, and came to his father. But when his father saw him, he had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him."

- Luke 15:20

Compassion for the Poor and Needy

"He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he."

- Proverbs 14:21

"Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard."

- Proverbs 21:13

"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again."

- Proverbs 19:17

"If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?"

- James 2:15-16

"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 John 3:17

"Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?"

- Isaiah 58:7

"He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse."

- Proverbs 28:27

Compassion and Forgiveness

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:"

- Matthew 6:14

"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."

- Matthew 18:21-22

"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful."

- Luke 6:36

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

- Ephesians 4:32

"To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;"

- Daniel 9:9

"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"

- Luke 6:37

"Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him."

- Luke 17:3

Compassion in Times of Suffering

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."

- Galatians 6:2

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

- Matthew 11:28

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

- James 1:27

"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ."

- 2 Corinthians 1:5

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."

- 1 Peter 5:7

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."

- Matthew 5:4

"The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."

- Psalms 34:18

Compassion and the Prophets

"He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea."

- Micah 7:19

"Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken."

- Amos 5:14

"Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it."

- Proverbs 3:27

"Break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you."

- Hosea 10:12

"Thus hath the Lord of hosts said, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother:"

- Zechariah 7:9

"I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them."

- Hosea 11:4

"And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him."

- Isaiah 30:18

Teachings on Compassion from the Epistles

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."

- Philippians 2:3

"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body."

- Hebrews 13:3

"Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do."

- 1 Thessalonians 5:11

"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 John 3:17

"Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;"

- Romans 12:10

"If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?"

- James 2:15-16

"Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:"

- 1 Peter 3:8

Living a Life of Compassion

"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."

- Matthew 7:12

"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good."

- Romans 12:9

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,"

- Galatians 5:22

"Thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:"

- Deuteronomy 15:7

"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins."

- 1 Peter 4:8

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

- Ephesians 4:32

"But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."

- 1 Timothy 6:11

Christian Quotes on Compassion

"Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation."

- Henry Ward Beecher

"The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation."

- Corrie Ten Boom

"Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning."

- Frederick William Faber

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."

- Maya Angelou

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

- Mahatma Gandhi

"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."

- John Wesley

"True compassion means not only feeling another's pain but also being moved to help relieve it."

- Daniel Goleman

Conclusion

In exploring the breadth and depth of compassion through these scriptures and quotes, we see the transformative power of empathy and kindness. Compassion is not just an emotion but a call to action that echoes through the teachings of Christ. It invites us to step into the shoes of others, to share their burdens, and to bring light into the darkest places.

"And of some have compassion, making a difference:"

- Jude 1:22

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;"

- Colossians 3:12

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."

- Romans 12:15


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Written By:

Shaun Connell

Shaun Connell is a passionate Christian businessman and investor who lives in Texas. Shaun is a Reformed Baptist who believes that the Word of God should be used in every area of life.

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  1. Our former president, Donald Trump, needs to read these and take them to heart. Unless he changes his ways he will doom our people to irreparable damage.

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