Compassion with Action
Matthew 9:35-37; Matthew 15:32-39; Matthew 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...
think about it.
What is Jesus' response to the needy people He encounters? What does He do with that response? How well does your normal response to people in need match Jesus' response?
We're looking at three passages in Matthew, and in each of them we get a slightly different picture 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 when specific requests and needs 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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