Bible Study Guide:

Be Compassionate

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Filled with Compassion

1. Exodus 34:5-7; Psalm 103:13-19; Psalm 116:1-7; Lamentations 3:22-24,31-33; Jonah 4:1-4; James 5:10-11 Why do you think that some people have trouble believing that God is compassionate? Why do you think that Jonah did not see God’s compassion as a good thing in his circumstance? Who are the recipients of God’s compassion? In what ways has God shown you compassion?

2. Matthew 9:36-38; 14:13-14; 15:32; 20:29-34; Mark 1:14-15, 27, 41 How did Jesus express his compassion for people?

3. Luke 15:20 (Read verses 11-32.) How did this father show compassion to his younger son? What does this parable reveal to you about our Heavenly Father’s compassion to sinners who return to him? Can you identify in any way with the older son who showed no compassion on his brother or joy at his return? If so, how? Has your attitude changed and what changed it?

4. Matthew 5:7; James 2:12-16; Matthew 25:31-46 How important is our compassion and our responding to it? In what ways can we be compassionate with material resources, or in what ways when we lack them? What situations in your community move you to feel compassion and to act on it? How does compassion relate to love?

5. Philippians 2:1-5; Colossians 3:12-17; Ephesians 4:32; I Peter 3:8-12 What is the role that compassion plays in creating a loving atmosphere in a church congregation? How is compassion important to building close relationships?

6. Revelation 20:11-15; 21:1-9 Can compassion (mercy) exist without justice? Explain your answer. What is God’s ultimate answer to suffering in this world?

7. I Peter 1:3-12; 2:9-12 How should we respond to God’s mercy (compassion) towards us? How is this quality built into human character?

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