As we draw near to the Lord, abide in His life, and walk in obedience, we begin to bear an actual likeness to God our Father. The sovereign God, the God of the universe, our Father, reveals His deep love and mercy toward people in dire situations and calls us to be part of the solution by showing compassion.
Time and time again we read how Jesus was motivated by compassion; to heal the blind and the lame, to feed the hungry, to comfort the weary, to care for those who were distressed and dispirited.
Regardless of one’s belief, most families know what it means to care for their own. Paul makes it clear that caring for and providing for our families should be our first priority. As Jesus was suffering and dying on the cross for the sins of the whole world, He provided for the care of His mother (John 19:25-27).
If you express this type of compassion with others, whether in the church or to strangers, this pleases the Lord.
1 Timothy 5 talks about those who are older taking what they have learned through experience and passing this knowledge and wisdom on to the next generation. This includes welcoming people into the church, visiting the sick, praying, serving, helping others in need. This is what God desires of the church, Spirit-filled people of all ages caring for one another, expressing genuine concern for the needs of others, not just by what we say, not only by recited nice printed words, but in our actions and through our presence (Colossians 3:12-14).
If you express this type of compassion with others, whether in the church or to strangers, this pleases the Lord. God created us as human beings to do good works, to display compassion, to serve others, and when we do to experience His joy, His pleasure.