Compassion is not an option
When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.” – Luke 7:13
How could He be the Man of Sorrows and yet anointed with the oil of gladness above any other human being who has ever lived—radiating such joy that multitudes would be drawn to Him? These are two qualities which seem contradictory—until we remember the words He taught us when He said, ‘Blessed,’ or happy, ‘are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted’ (Matthew 5:4).
Eastern mysticism totally rejects this viewpoint. A foundational principle of Buddha’s teaching was to avoid pain and sorrow, for if mankind would enter into the state of detached feeling, of nirvana, there would be no more jealousy or envy, no more wars and fighting.
This thinking has affected us more than we know. Having permeated the ’60s culture, it was Eastern thought which caused us to say, ‘I am a rock. I am an island,’ as we sang along with Simon and Garfunkel.
Jesus, however, came on the scene and annihilated that mentality by saying, ‘Happy is the man not who detaches himself, but who mourns, who is heartbroken, for he is the one who will be comforted.’
When is the last time I have been at the place of being pained in prayer for someone else’s problem, someone else’s sin? Could it be that I am not comforted by the Comforter or the angelic presence because I am not doing what Jesus did? Blessed are they who mourn, who plunge into life and feel the pain of life. They shall be comforted.
A Day’s Journey – SearchLight, 2003, Calvary Chapel Publishing