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, offer help, and give hope to the hopeless. We reach out to others in love, and we make a difference in this world and in the lives of people. It is more than trying to fix someone; it’s 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 suffering. Let us be about the Father’s business loving people and helping them so that He might be glorified.

Dear Father, You are in me, and therefore, Love lives in me (1 John 4:16). I’m so thankful to be a carrier of Your love and compassion that You have poured out in my heart through the Holy Spirit (Ro. 5:5 AMPC). I purpose to love not only in word or talk but in deed and truth as You have instructed in Your Word (1 John 3:18 ESV). Even today, I will go forward listening and observing more carefully to recognize where You lead me to pour out Your love and compassion. I will allow Your love to be the very spring of my actions (2 Cor. 5:14 Phillips). In Jesus’ name, help me to see others as You see them and hear and answer their cries just as You would. Amen.

Scriptures for meditation: Matthew 8   Matthew 9:36   Matthew 14:14-21