WHAT IS COMPASSION?

In various places in the Gospels it is recorded that Jesus had compassion. Perhaps the best-known example is his forgiveness of Mary Magdalene's sins, related in the seventh chapter of Luke. Commenting on this incident in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy says (p. 363), "He regarded her compassionately,"

According to Cruden's Concordance, the literal meaning of the word "compassion" is "suffering with another." If that is the true meaning of this word, how could Jesus, who was spotlessly perfect, be compassionate? Wherein lies the compassion that enabled him to say, "Thy sins are forgiven"?

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