And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things – Mark 6:34
Compassion is a great feeling of favourable emotion towards others, often backed with the desire and willingness to help. As Christians, God has given us His nature. We have His nature of compassion, love, forgiveness, and mercy. All of these work together. The Lord Jesus was the perfect example of a compassionate person. He was so considerate, loving and kind to everyone He met.
On a certain occasion, the Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus was moved with compassion towards the multitudes and told His disciples that they should pray to the Lord of the harvest to send in labourers to the field (Matthew 9:36-38). You’re part of these labourers. You’ll however not be an effective labourer unless you have the compassion of Jesus. If you’re full of compassion, you’ll be spurred to action irrespective of daunting circumstances; you’ll be quick to help and bless others. You need compassion to overlook criticisms and the wrongs done to you by others.
On yet another occasion, a leper came to Jesus, and the Master didn’t turn him away. Instead, the Lord was moved with compassion, and stretching forth His hand, He touched the leper and said “…be thou clean” (Mark 1:41). Immediately, the leprosy departed and the man was made whole (Mark 1:42); the power of compassion!
Compassion drove Him and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). Let that same compassion propel you to reach out with the Gospel and save those wallowing in darkness, delivering them from the power of Satan unto the power of God. The more you preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the more His compassion, love and power will be manifested in your life. Miracles will accompany you, because you have become God’s outstretched arm of help to others.
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Dear Father, I bless your holy Name and thank you for filling my heart with your love and kindness. Thank you for your Spirit that lives within me, helping me to be sensitive to the needs of others, and to touch them with your love, mercy and compassion, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: John 3:16; Matthew 14:14