70 Compassion Quotes and Bible Verses

Compassion is all about understanding the sufferings of people around us and considering those pains and grief to be ours and helping them to get freedom from their struggles. Each of our words, a smile or a touch that is filled with compassion will bring a greater difference in their lives. Let us be someone who brings the people out from bondages and pain through our compassionate acts.

Quotes about compassion and empathy

We are called to showcase the characteristics of Jesus Christ in our lives through our compassionate acts to people who are in need. Some quotes by great men of God about compassion and empathy to encourage you to reflect the compassion of Jesus Christ are listed here.

When someone we love suffers, we suffer with that person, and we would not have it otherwise, because the suffering and the love are one, just as it is with God’s love for us. – Frederick Buechner (2009). “Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons”, p.24, Harper Collins

A suffering person does not need a lecture – he needs a listener. – Billy Graham

At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in. – Mother Teresa “Mother Teresa: Essential Writings”

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. – John Bunyan

The value of all service lies in the spirit in which you serve and not in the importance or magnitude of the service. Even the lowliest task or deed is made holy, joyous, and prosperous when it is filled with love. – Charles Fillmore

You are not here in the world for yourself. You have been sent here for others. The world is waiting for you! – Catherine Booth

All around you are people whose lives are filled with trouble and sorrow, and they need your compassion and encouragement. – Billy Graham

God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does. – Martin Luther

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. – Henry Ward Beecher (1858). “Life Thoughts”, p.158

Your true character is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do nothing for you. – Mother Teresa

Those who have suffered make the best comforters. – Billy Graham

I just believe as a Christian, we are to show love; we are to show compassion to people, not to point  the finger, not to do this, but to do this – to love them, to welcome them, to embrace them. – Franklin Graham

Compassion costs. It is easy enough to argue, criticize, and condemn, but redemption is costly, and comfort draws from the deep. Brains can argue, but it takes heart to comfort. – Samuel Chadwick

His is a loving, tender hand, full of sympathy and compassion. – Dwight L. Moody

Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. – Frederick Buechner

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. – Henri Nouwen

Compassion and gratitude quotes

God has blessed us abundantly and expect us to be a blessing to others. Our gratitude to the blessings we received from God has to be expressed through our compassionate acts to the people who are in need and to those who are suffering. Here are some quotes of people of God about expressing our gratitude through our compassion.

May God enable me to have a single eye and a simple heart, desiring to please God, to do good to my fellow creatures, and testify my gratitude to my adorable Redeemer. – William Wilberforce

The best way to show your gratitude to God and people is to accept everything with joy….We may not be able to give much but we can always give the joy that springs from a heart that is in love with God. All over the world people are hungry and thirsty for God’s love. We meet that hunger by spreading joy. Joy is one of the best safeguards against temptation. – Mother Teresa

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. – Frederick Buechner

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1868). “John Ploughman’s Talk; or, plain advice for plain people”, p.162

Life itself, every bit of health that we enjoy, every hour of liberty and free enjoyment, the ability to see, to hear, to speak, to think, and to imagine – all this comes from the hand of God. We show our gratitude by giving back to Him a part of that which He has given to us. – Billy Graham

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. – Mother Teresa

You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled. – Charles Spurgeon

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 ‘Rule of Conduct’ in ‘Letters’ (1915)

Compassion in leadership quotes

A good leader is someone who leads his people with compassion. He will never be a dictator; rather he will influence his people with his encouraging words and exemplary actions. Here is a list of quotes about Compassion in good leadership.

You should use your influence to help other platforms succeed. – Johnny Hunt

If once our hearts were but filled with zeal for God, and compassion to our people’s souls, we would up and be doing, though we could but lay a brick a day, and God would be with us. – William Gurnall

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things. – Mother Teresa

You have to believe in them now. Christ believed in you when there was nothing to believe in. – Johnny Hunt

God may not allow you to touch thousands but He may allow you to touch one who will touch thousands. – Johnny Hunt

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. – Saint Augustine

Identify with failures in others by listing yours. – Johnny Hunt

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa

Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve. – John Stott

He who governed the world before I was born shall take care of it likewise when I am dead. My part is to improve the present moment. – John Wesley (1831). “The Works of the Reverend John Wesley, A. M.”, p.644

I believe that much of the secret of soul-winning lies in having bowels of compassion, in having spirits that can be touched with the feeling of human infirmities. – Charles Spurgeon “The Soul Winner”, p.238, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Don’t ever forget where God found you. – Johnny Hunt

The blessing of influence is helping others succeed. It is lifting up Christ with your established platform. -Johnny Hunt

Work without love is slavery. – Mother Teresa “No Greater Love, Commemorative Edition”, p.69, New World Library

Lack of compassion quotes 

If we don’t have compassion on people who suffer, then we don’t have the love of God in us. Without compassion, our great offerings are nothing before God’s eyes. He wants us to be compassionate as He is compassionate to us. Here are some quotes about lack of compassion by great people of God.

Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world. – Francis Schaeffer

People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: “Lord, teach me compassion,” but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion. – Henry Ward Beecher

A man should fear when he only enjoys what good he does publicly. Is it not the publicity rather than the charity he loves? Is it not vanity, rather than benevolence, that gives such charities? – Henry Ward Beecher “Gems of Truth & Beauty”.

If we have no mercy toward others, that is one proof that we have never experienced God’s mercy. – Billy Graham

A brother with small earnings may ask, “Should I also give? My earning are already so small that my family can barely make ends meet”. My reply is, “Have you ever considered that the very reason your earnings remain so small may be because you spend everything on yourself? If God gave you more, you would only use it to increase your own comfort instead of looking to see who is sick or who has no work at all that you might help them. – George Muller

Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose? – John Wesley

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. – Mother Teresa “Where There Is Love, There Is God: A Path to Closer Union with God and Greater Love for Others”, p.213, Image

The wearing of costly array is directly opposite to being adorned with good works. Nothing can be more evident than this; for the more you lay out on your own apparel, the less you have left to clothe the naked, to feed the hungry, to lodge the stranger, to relieve those that are sick and in prison. – John Wesley, John Emory (1835). “The Works of the Late Reverend John Wesley, A.M.: From the Latest London Edition with the Last Corrections of the Author, Comprehending Also Numerous Translations, Notes, and an Original Preface, Etc”, p.261

Compassion quotes from the Holy Bible

Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants! -Psalm 90:13

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. -Romans 12:15

He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor. -Psalm 112:9

Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. -Luke 6:36

“If your brother becomes poor beside you and sells himself to you, you shall not make him serve as a slave: You shall not rule over him ruthlessly but shall fear your God. -Leviticus 25:39‭, ‬43

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. -Hebrews 13:2

Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered. -Proverbs 21:13

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. -Matthew 5:7

And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” -Luke 8:52

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. -Psalm 103:13

But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. -Luke 10:33

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. -Isaiah 49:15

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. -1 Peter 5:10

Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion? -Psalm 77:9

For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. -Isaiah 54:7

With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless. -Psalm 18:25

And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me”. -Matthew 25:40

But, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love. -Lamentations 3:32

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. -Matthew 14:14

And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep”. -Luke 7:13

“I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. -Mark 8:2

The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. -2 Chronicles 36:15

Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. -Psalm 79:8

In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer. -Isaiah 54:8

For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone and there is none remaining, bond or free. -Deuteronomy 32:36

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