BY: SHARON LONG
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BIBLE TEXT: John 14:13-14: “As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he dad compassion on them and healed their sick.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Jesus had just learned that his cousin, John, had been beheaded. Jesus needed time to grieve the loss of his cousin. As He stepped off the boat he saw a crowd of people and their needs. He set aside his own need, had compassion on them, and healed the sick. Jesus didn’t just see the need and move on with His life. He saw their needs and then did something about it. That is what compassion is all about.
Compassion and pity have similar meanings, but the difference is in what we do about it. The story about Michael Oher from “Blindside,” is a great example of compassion. The Tuohy family opened their hearts, lives, home, and bank accounts for a young man from the worst part of Memphis. There wasn’t much information about Michael when he began attending Briarcrest Christian School — only that he had been in foster care. The Tuohy’s saw a need and acted on it, but not with the knowledge that Michael would be drafted in the NFL or that a movie would be made about them. They simply did what Jesus did in Matthew 14:14. They saw a need, had compassion, and did something about it.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: What can we do to show Christ’s compassion? Mission work close to home or abroad is one way. We do not have to do grand gestures to make an impact in someone’s life. The next time you are getting coffee or are in the drive thru line at your favorite fast food place, pay for the person behind you. Every day presents the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. All we need to do is look around.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, Thank you for showing us what compassion really is. Help us to see others with through your eyes and show your compassion each day wherever we go. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sharon has lived in Mount Juliet for 10+ years. She has 3 amazing kids: Ashleigh, Rachel and Michael and two dogs: Bear and Buster. She has attended Life Assembly for 10 years, serving in Children’s ministry and Women’s ministry. She has worked for Change Healthcare for five years.