Compassion

Luke 7:12-15

“As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’  And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still.  And he said, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise.’ And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.”

Thought for the Day:  We give because we follow the one who gives it all to us.

I write, I pray, I read, and I listen.  As I routinely wake up and have my quiet time I am always amazed when I hear God’s voice or calling to write.  I am still amazed when my fingers begin typing and in five minutes, there is something on the screen to share.  God is good.  But there is something else that amazes me more.  What truly amazes me is when I hear friends asking for prayers for their hurting friends and I witness the responses to those prayers.  It truly amazes me when friends begin meal schedules for those in need and donation sites for those who are undergoing hardships.  I listened to our pastor’s sermon yesterday about Jesus’ Compassion for those in need. The message spoke of several different miracles of healing including those who came to Jesus, those who brought someone to Jesus, those who sent servants to Jesus, and those who touched Jesus’ garment.  They came to Jesus for healing and He healed those who were need of His healing.  In the sermon yesterday, however, no one came to Jesus and asked for healing, or expected healing.  Jesus went to man who had died and with compassion for his widowed mother healed her son.

How do we show compassion?  We show compassion when we see someone in need, someone who can do nothing for us in return, and help them in some way.  Compassion makes us hurt for the other person in a way that we feel we have to do something.  It is that feeling of pain when we see someone else in pain and we feel deeply in our heart that we have to do something to take away the pain.  “Today, look for the one who is hurting, who can do you no good, and offer them help.  This will bring communion with God (mercy/kindness).”  What great words to remind us to be more like Jesus – Jesus showed compassion.  “We give because we follow the one who gives it all to us.”

Prayer:   God, thank you for showing compassion to us when we are hurting.  You see our needs and with compassion fill us with your love and mercy.  Teach us, Lord, to be like you and fill us with so much love that we cannot help but reach out with compassion to those who are hurting.  Lord, in His mercy, hear our prayers.  Amen.

Thank you, Rev. Mark Westmoreland, for a wonderful sermon on compassion.  https://vimeo.com/169448420

Prayer Focus:  Those wanting to minister to those who are hurting

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