How to Wear Clothing of Compassion

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:18

Last summer I remember checking on my sleeping 20 month old at around 12:30am (yes, I was still up!) The temperature in the room drastically dropped, and I discovered that my daughter had curled herself into a tiny ball, trying to keep herself warm with only a thin onesie on and her favorite blanket tightly tucked under her chest like a plush teddy bear.

I touched her skin, and she was freezing. Miniature goosebumps covered her body. I also realized that her diaper had leaked; soaking her shirt and the sheet she slept on, making her even colder. I immediately scooped her up, changed her soggy diaper, put on a clean onesie, pants, socks, and a long-sleeve shirt (all in her drowsy slumber).

I then grabbed a heavier blanket and laid it on top of her as she rested peacefully on my chest. I relished this precious moment, holding her close, allowing the warmth of my body to transfer to hers. Then my eyes filled with tears. What I had done to my daughter was a beautiful picture of what our Abba Father has done for us.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him…
Psalm 103:13

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I saw my little girl’s need and felt nothing but love and compassion for her. I stepped in for her and did what she could not do for herself.

And so it is with us.

God scooped us out of our shivering, soiled mess and rescued us from the pit of sin and shame we wallowed in. We were uncovered. Unprotected. Cold, alone, and completely helpless. But he looked down on us with compassion.

He changed our filthy garments of sin and clothed us in the warmth of his love and grace.Jesus changed our filthy garments of sin and clothed us in the warmth of his love and grace. Click To Tweet

He holds us close to him and calls us his beloved children.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love…
Psalm 103:8

Throughout the gospel accounts Jesus looked upon the suffering and marginalized around him with love and compassion.

  • When Jesus saw the crowds of 4,000 and 5,000 he had compassion on them, healed the sick, and fed them (Matt 15:32; Matt 14:14).
  • He looked on the two blind men with compassion and healed them (Matt 20:34).
  • He felt compassion for the man with leprosy and touched him, bringing about his complete healing (Mark 1:40).

Christ’s compassion for humanity always led to action. He saw their needs and met them with love, dignity and justice. He demonstrated the fullness of his love and compassion by taking our place and suffering on our behalf. His compassion for us ultimately led him to the cross.

As you perform your duties and run your errands today, don’t forget to look around you. Do you see someone in need of His magnificent salvation? This world is saturated with suffering souls in need of his grace.

Paul gives us this charge:
Clothe yourselves with compassion… Colossians 3:12

God clothes us with compassion--and he equips us to clothe others with the same love and grace he has lavished on us. Find out how to clothe yourself with compassion by checking out this post!
Since we are clothed with the garments of God’s amazing love and salvation, we are now called to look at others through the same lens of his compassion.

Let his compassion lead you to action.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was in need of clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Matthew 25:34-36

Serving others with God’s love is like washing the very feet of Jesus himself.
So feed his sheep. Clothe his flock.
This is not prideful, self-righteous pity, but heart-felt sorrow for the suffering plight of others.

Put on your garments of compassion today, and propel others forward into his kingdom.
There, we will all forever be covered in his grace.
Clothed in his love. Crowned with his compassion.

Praise the Lord, O my soul…who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion… Psalm 103:4

In what ways is God calling you to “put on” compassion? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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God clothes us with compassion--and he equips us to clothe others with the same love and grace he has lavished on us. Find out how to clothe yourself with compassion by checking out this post!

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7 thoughts on “How to Wear Clothing of Compassion

    1. Oh my goodness, Jennifer! Thank you SO much! I am so honored to be featured with Grace and Truth! I am continually reminded through my children of God’s perfect, incredible, unending love for us! Thanks so much for visiting! 🙂

  1. Christin, I feel like I am on a constant search of discovering all the facets of God, and this just took me deeper with such a compelling word picture! “God scooped us out of our shivering, soiled mess and rescued us from the pit of sin and shame we wallowed in. We were uncovered. Unprotected. Cold, alone, and completely helpless. But he looked down on us with compassion…love this and can very much identify with it as a mother.
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    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Crystal! You are always such a blessing and encouragement to me! And yes, I can definitely relate with these passages as a mom too. What a gift the Lord has given us as moms, to begin to understand the depths of His love through our children! Blessings to you! 🙂

  2. Great article! The first half of your writing sounds very much like Ezekiel 16 to me. After such a beautiful recounting of God’s love for us, our rebellion is so much harsher, and the declaration of covenant that much sweeter in verse 60! I am particularly reminded of what ‘garments of compassion’ looks like when our garments are most often made in China or Cambodia or Vietnam or Bangladesh by garment workers definitely not experiencing my compassion. Value Village and ethical clothing helps me practically put on ‘garments of compassion’!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Taryn! I LOVE the beautiful imagery in Ezekiel 16, of how God rescued Israel out of sin and clothed them with beauty. It is such an amazing picture of what Jesus has done for us. And yes, how sad it is to see that we still reject his love! I praise God for his faithfulness, and that he has established an everlasting covenant with us through Christ! What a great way to show compassion by choosing ethical clothing. I have been to some of the clothing factories in Central America, and you are right, there is such injustice. What a practical way to show God’s compassion to others!

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