Jesus had compassion on the crowd and had the disciples stop with Him so He could minister to them. Afterwards, the disciples saw that evening was close so they said to Jesus, “This is a remote place, and it’s already late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” They saw the people were hungry and had sympathy. Sympathy is not the same as compassion. Sympathy is the capacity to share another’s feelings. Compassion is sympathy with a conscious desire to help or intercede in the person’s circumstances. Jesus is asking us to do more than “share another’s feelings”. In the parable of the good Samaritan when He was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” He gave the example of a person robbed, stripped and left along the road. Both a priest and a Levite, both with Godly positions, saw the man and avoided him, but a Samaritian saw and chose to intercede. He gave up his agenda, plans and rights for the sake of someone else. Just like Jesus did when He came to this world to intercede on our behalf. The enemy of true intercession and compassion is our own self-centeredness. Individually and corporately, we can all share words about how we have sorrow and sadness – sympathy – for others. But are we willing to actually do and sacrifice (true worship) something to actually make a difference. If so, we would see after the “words” are expressed some change in our agenda, priorities or lifestyle. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me, they must deny themselves, pick up their cross and follow Me.” “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.” (1 John 3:16-20) 
There is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed. God knows our motives and He sees how we use our time, gifts and resources and who we are aiming to please. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can “deny ourselves”. Even though everyone around you, including those that see themselves as Christians, are willing to say they have sympathy, don’t use that as your excuse to walk by and live to serve yourself.