Compassion is “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it,” (Merrim-Webster’s dictionary.)
Yesterday, I had exactly that, compassion, towards my 6 month old daughter who is cutting teeth. Her normal demeanor is calm, non-fussy and smiley baby, so much so that she received the nick name “Chill baby.” But yesterday she was everything but chill. She fussed and cried. She whined every time I sat her down. Drool constantly poured from her mouth and occasionally it would cause her to gag and get choked up. I felt so bad for her.
As I was holding my pitiful drooling baby, Christ reminded me that he too sympathizes with our pain. In Hebrews 4, He is called our High Priest one who sympathizes with our weakness because he too has been tempted in every way but did not sin. It is comforting to know that the God of the universe sees our pain and our hurting and he hurts with us. When He saw the pain that Martha and Mary felt after the death of their brother Lazarus, he was deeply moved and wept. (John 11:33-35)
There is nothing we can go through in life that our High Priest has not experienced. We can trust in him for our comfort and our peace. If you are hurting, know that Christ sees your pain and understands exactly how you feel. Will you allow him to comfort you in this time?