Matthew 9:36-38 (NKJV)
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Christ Is Compassionate
Compassionate (com·pas·sion·ate) showing feelings of sympathy for the suffering of others, often with a desire to help
As you walk through the New Testament you will frequently come across passages like Matthew 9:36-38 that speak of Jesus having compassion for the lost and sick.
For most of us, it is easy to relate to His compassion for the sick, but how many of us feel the same compassion for an unsaved man as we do for the man who is sick with cancer or heart disease? This is more difficult for most men, because the condition is spiritual rather than physical.
Still, left untreated, both result in death. The difference is that a spiritual death is permanent while the physical death of a believer is only a temporary thing. We need to be compassionate with both the sick and the lost, just as Jesus was.
Ask God to soften your heart towards others. Pray that the Holy Spirit would give you insight and guide you as you interact with others.
Is compassion a natural response for you? Do you feel the same sense of compassion for those who do not know Christ that you do for those who are hurting physically, mentally or emotionally? If you do feel compassion towards the lost, does this compassion drive you to share the Gospel?
As you encounter others during this week, allow the Holy Spirit to guide your responses. If you encounter somebody in difficulty, show your compassion. Do not simply feel sorry for them but take the time to help them. If you come across somebody who does not know Christ, allow yourself to be used by God to share the Gospel.
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