Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Are you moved?

What does compassion look like? 

This question was answered.  It happened as I was praying, and though I did not specifically ask the Lord what compassion looks like, He told me.  He said to me, it will only happen as you reach out to others and forget about yourself.  Then you will see Me move in tremendous ways, but it will only come through love and compassion, as you reach out to others and forget about yourself. 

The Compassion of Jesus

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  Matt. 9:35-38 NKJV
  
I knew there was a scrippy that said Jesus was moved with compassion, but it wasn't until I looked at this in context that I saw something more!  The verse before Jesus moved with compassion, the scrippy says He was teaching, preaching and healing.  Verse 36 seems to turn a different direction.  Wasn't he moved by compassion to the groups He was with in verse 35 as well?  BUT when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them.  Healing is a temporal thing, but in verses 36-38 He was concerned about those who were ignorant and who would perish for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).  The most Christ-like compassion is compassion for souls. 

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3 comments:

  1. There is a difference between Sympathy and compassion. Many people in church feel sympathy and confusion it for compassion. Sympathy hears of things and feels bad for people but compassion when it hears of things it moves and takes action. Compassion is help in action.

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  2. Wonderful blog. Only Life in Christ can give us true compassion towards others.

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  3. I sure believe that Karen! I didn't know such a heart love for others until Jesus came into my life :)

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