A Compassionate Friend

'He lived not to please Himself, but to do good to others and lavish His blessings upon others. He could have spent His days on earth in ease and plenty, and have appropriated to Himself the enjoyment of this life. But He lived not to enjoy. He lived to do good and to save others from suffering, and His example is for us to follow. (3T18,54)

'Benevolence was the life of His soul.' (DA191)
'He could not be persuaded to change His habits of contemplating the works of God and seeking to alleviate the suffering of men or even of dumb animals.' (DA90)
'He went from house to house, treating the sick, feeding the hungry, comforting the mourners, soothing the afflicted, speaking peace to the distressed.' (WM170)
'What a busy life Jesus led. Day by day He might be seen entering the humble abodes of want and sorrow, speaking hope to the downcast and peace to the distressed. The poor and suffering received the greatest share of His attention. Humble, gracious, tenderhearted, pitiful. He went about doing good, feeding the hungry, lifting up the bowed down, comforting the sorrowing. To all who came to Him for help He brought faith and hope and life.' (WM116)
'Just as we trace the pathway of a stream of water by the line of living green it produces, so Jesus could be seen in the deeds of mercy that marked His pathway at every step. Wherever He went health sprang up, and happiness followed wherever He passed. The blind and deaf rejoiced in His presence. His words to the ignorant opened to them a fountain of life. He dispensed His blessings abundantly and continuously. They were the gathered treasures of eternity, given in Jesus, the Lord's rich gift to man.' (WM57)
'His tender, pitying heart is ever awakened to sympathy by suffering. He weeps with those that weep, and rejoices with those that rejoice.' (DA533)
'Though now He has ascended to the presence of God, and shares the throne of the universe, Jesus has lost none of His compassionate nature. Today the same tender, sympathizing heart is open to all the woes of humanity. Today the hand that was pierced is reached forth to bless more abundantly His people that are in the world. "And they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of My hand."
'The soul that has given Himself to Jesus is more precious in His sight than the whole world. The Saviour would have passed through Calvary that one might be saved in His kingdom. He will never abandon one for whom He has died. Unless His followers choose to leave Him, He will hold them fast.' (DA480)


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