Let's Talk About Compassion

by Rose Taylor

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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Luke 15:20-24

So he got up and went to his father. “While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion. His father ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him. Then his son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly, bring out the best robe and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet! Fetch the fattened calf and slaughter it. We must celebrate with feasting because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life! He was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. —Luke 15:20-24



The son in this parable insulted his father by asking for his inheritance and leaving home. Then he foolishly wasted the inheritance on a wicked lifestyle. When he no longer had money, he no longer had friends. The son was friendless, broke, and broken. He planned to return home, ask his father’s forgiveness, and beg his father to take him back as a servant instead of a son. Regardless of the son’s past behavior, the father welcomed him home, giving him a compassionate hug and then celebrating his restoration into the family.


Questions to discuss:

How do you think the son felt after receiving the hug from his father?

Why do you think the father felt compassion for his son?

When have you been moved by compassion to hug someone?

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