Oswald Chambers (1874-1917), minister, teacher, and author of “My Utmost for His Highest,” the famous devotional guide, wrote:
“If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but major surgery. If you think you are helping lost people with your sympathy and understanding, you are a traitor to Jesus Christ. You must have a right-standing relationship with him yourself, and pour your life out in helping others in his way – not in a human way that ignores God.”
I can only say that compassion without the Cross is no compassion at all… ultimately. It may be initially, but not ultimately. It is both.
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Jesus