But why is that? Why do we feel such indifference before the suffering of others? We feel our own suffering keenly enough, why not the suffering of others?
We ignore the suffering of others because we don't love our neighbors the way we love ourselves.
This is a problem our faith provides a solution to. The law wasn't able to help us love our neighbors because it couldn't change the heart, but that is exactly what the Holy Spirit is able to do.
God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith (Acts 15:8-9, NIV).
And because our hearts have been purified, we are able to love our neighbors the way we love ourselves.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart (1 Peter 1:22, NIV).
"Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow."
Then all the people shall say, "Amen!" (Deut 27:19, NIV)
"'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly (Lev 19:15, NIV).
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (Jas 1:27, NIV).
Justice is one of the main focuses in both covenants, and justice requires that we love our neighbors as ourselves.
Justice cannot, and will not, change, for it did, God would have to change with it, since God is just (2 Thess 1:6). In addition, if justice can change, so will the requirements of our faith, for our faith is based on justice. And if that is possible, then who is truly saved?