Compassion is the magic of the church.
Find compassion and you find life, love, and the very heart of God fleshed out in a human being. The church thrives on compassion; but not so with every member. If there is one word the early church seemed to possess and the modern one---in too many pockets---doesn't, it would be this one.
How shall we develop this strong and powerful trait among us? One move will do it; we must enter into solidarity with those who suffer. Nothing short of this will do. We may not ever be in their physical presence; yet we must enter into their pain.
One might become aware of what keeps us at bay; judgment. Judgment constantly created a wedge between biblical victim and unwilling helper. The Prodigal and his brother serve as one example. The two praying in the temple another. Judgment unnecessarily and inaccurately separated when compassion would have endeared.
Yes, it is when we enter the streets of the pained and the poor that our hearts are stirred to action. We all love a good story of God working. It's when we actually touch it with our hands and see it with our eyes that we cannot seem to let the good story fade.
This is precisely what God did. He saw the misery and created Himself in flesh form to experience our suffering. He never got over it........and neither will we.