Later, his mother asked the boy what he had said to their saddened neighbor. "Nothing," the child replied. "I just helped him cry."
Only on a few occasions was Jesus ever described as having compassion. Two blind men were sitting along the side of the road. They heard that Jesus was passing by, so shouted to him, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us." The crowd that was there scolded them and told them to "Shut up!" But they didn't care what the crowd said, they shouted even louder. Jesus heard their yells, so he stopped and called out to them, "What do you want me to do for you?"
They answered, "Lord, we want our eyesight back."
To quote the gospel of Matthew, "Jesus had compassion for them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him" (Matthew 20:34).
Jesus' sorrow for their suffering and troubles led him to action. That is compassion.
Jesus' sorrow for the suffering and troubles led him to feed at least 5000 people. Later, his compassion led him to feed at least 4000 people. When Jesus saw crowds of people gathered around him looking so harassed and helpless, his compassion motivated him to tell his disciples to "ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field" (Matthew 9:36).
Was not Jesus motivated by compassion other times? I am sure he was; it just wasn't mentioned. Look at all the people Jesus helped through his healings, his teachings and his casting out of demons. If the fruit of compassion is helping people, Jesus must have had much compassion, though it was not recorded often.
Hardness of heart, busyness, and fear often stifle compassion. If you are a man, you might have been taught with or without words to not be compassionate, "to grin and bear it." Thus, should not all people stoically "grin and bear it"? No, we need to be people of compassion. In the words of the apostle Paul, "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience" (Colossians 3:12).
Compassion does not always take miraculous actions; just like the little boy, sometimes it just involves sitting with someone. Maybe, it might result in giving a person a ride or a meal or a drink of water or just a listening ear.
There is much suffering in this world. It is all too easy to put up our barriers and close off our heart. But I challenge you and I to be people of compassion.