The Character of Compassion

Luke 10:25-37 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

25 And a [a]lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? [b]How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 29

 But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and [c]beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two [d]denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do [e]the same.”




We Conserve our Compassion by limiting how much we give

Samaritan did not take the man back to his own home. That would not have been “kosher” (ironically). He didn’t act outside of what he could do. He put the man on his donkey, took him to an inn, and let the man recuperate.

Even as Christians, we tend to give and give.

#1 – is this something I can do

#2 – is this something I need to do

#3 – Is this something I should do


Didn’t say not to give – but give wisely


Remember you can only give what you have.


#2 We Conserve our Compassion by maintaining what we have

What if he had a broken-down Donkey?


Self-Care – exercise, diet, stress management


 #3 We Conserve Our Compassion by increasing what we intake

The Samaritan was able to give because he had saved up

Friendships, Connection with God

Confession / Crying / Spouse & Sex


Identifying the needs we have and communicating those to others.  – Man to the innkeeper

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Matthew E. Morgan, MA, LPCC

Matthew E. Morgan, MA, LPCC


Today’s show is hosted by Matthew Morgan, a licensed professional clinical counselor in Ohio. Matthew’s favorite roles are as a husband and father. He also is known for loving his coffee. See more about Matthew here

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