The dictionary defines compassion as “feelings of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” However, the biblical idea of compassion is much broader. It is a compassion that extends to everyone, including sinners. In 1 Thessalonians 5:13f we find the Apostle Paul giving instructions to the Thessalonian congregation on how to deal compassionately towards the unruly, the fainthearted, the weak, the wearisome and even the wicked.
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” – Colossians 3:12-14