Compassion

Matthew 9:36 “When He (Jesus) saw the crowds, He had compassion for them…”

I am compelled to meditate this morning on what it means to have compassion for others, specifically for the lost. So many people get so caught up in service and ministry, that they forget compassion, without which service and ministry are dry and ineffective. The truth is that people can feel your genuiness, and they can sense your motives. For those of you who actually obey the great commission and are out sharing your faith, my challenge to you today is to “Examine yourselves” 1 Cor 13:5  to see how you are doing with having compassion. How do you respond to people who are rude to you? How do you respond to the poor and less fortunate? Compassion is defined as follows: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Remember this; compassion is not just feeling sorry for someone, but also having the desire to do whatever is necessary to help them. Today as you walk with Christ, remember the compassion that he had for the crowds and “Put on as God’s holy ones… compassionate hearts.” Colossians 3:12

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