In the Gospels we read about Jesus who was moved with compassion. Blind eyes were opened, the lame could walk, a withered hand was restored to wholeness, the dead were raised. This compassion is so much more than feeling sorry for someone — this compassion spurs us to pray, to offer help, to do something about a situation, to give hope to the hopeless. We reach out to others in love, and we make a difference in this world, in the lives of people. It is more than trying to fix someone, it is a desire to do the works of Jesus. Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Let us be about the Father’s business that He might be glorified.
Lord, cleanse me from all impurities and put a new heart and a new spirit within me. Remove my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh that will be sensitive and compassionate to the needs of others. In Jesus’ name, help me to see others as you see them and to hear and answer their cries just as you would. Today, I will look for opportunities to bless others. Amen.
Ezekiel 36:25-28; Proverbs 3:27