Jesus Moved With Compassion

Written by:  Charles S. Head
Photo by:  Remi Walle

Compassion is a word that we all need to take notice of, why?  Because at one time or another we will either need to use it on someone else’s behalf or need it for ourselves.

Compassion as defined in the dictionary is “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.”   I am sure we can all relate to a time in our life when we have experienced this feeling of suffering, and in need of someone’s compassion in our life.  When we have compassion on others, it takes us out of our selfish mode, and  puts our focus on someone else, rather than self.

In the book of Matthew Jesus gives us a good example of compassion.  It reads:  “and Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  But when He saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” (Matt. 9:35-36)

Jesus’ example is a pattern for us to follow.  So, let’s examine ourselves while we are on our journey through this life —”does your live exhibit a life of compassion toward others? “  If not ask God to help you in this area.  You never know what an act of compassion may do in changing another person’s life, just to know that someone cares about them!