Saturday, August 11
Compassion with Action
Matthew 9:35-37; 15:32-39; 20:29-34 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction...
Today we get three slightly different pictures of compassion through Jesus' actions and words. In Matthew 9:35-37 Jesus demonstrates compassion by teaching the crowds and healing the sick. In Matthew 15:32-39 he feeds 4,000+ people who have been following him and taking in his teaching. And in Matthew 20:29-34 Jesus' compassion leads him to give sight to two blind men in Jericho.
So Jesus shows compassion first and foremost by teaching. He also shows compassion by helping people when he sees they are in need. And He is responsive to specific requests and needs that are brought to his attention (like with the two men in Jericho). Bottom line--compassion combined with action is a must for us as a Christ follower.
So how do we develop a compassionate heart and attitude? What are some ways you have (and do) show compassion to others? Who might you show compassion to even today--and how? Tami W.
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