‘Compassion’ and ‘sympathy’ have much in common and both are stronger in meaning than simply ‘feeling sorry for’ someone.
The words have their roots in the idea of ‘suffering with’ someone, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and experiencing what they experience. This leads to a desire to act, to do something. Compassion requires an act of imagination and humility to share in the lives of others.
Live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3 v8