COMPASSION

1 November 2013

COMPASSION

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 7:11-17

Luke 7

New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son

11 Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of
Nain, and a large crowd followed him. 12 A funeral procession was
coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had
died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was
with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with
compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the
coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he
said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began
to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.

16 Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, “A
mighty prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited his
people today.” 17 And the news about Jesus spread throughout Judea
and the surrounding countryside.

One of the things that is often evident in the life and ministry of
Jesus is compassion. We have no evidence that Jesus knew this woman –
in fact, it is most likely that He had never met her before. Yet,
seeing her pain and loss, we read that “his heart overflowed with
compassion”.

Jesus then did what He was able to do.

What He was able to do, just so happened to be a miracle. But the
point is, when His heart was moved with compassion, He didn’t just
keep walking, thinking “that’s terrible”. He acted.

A CALL TO ACTION

How often are our hearts moved with compassion? In a world like ours
where we see homeless people every single day, where we encounter
beggars at almost every robot, where the stress of life has taken its
toll on many people we know, it’s easy to become indifferent – and
many of us. Yet, Jesus has set the example of compassion, showing us
that we should feel for other people. But, that feeling of compassion
is not enough. Feeling compassionate doesn’t put food on the table,
wipe away a tear or get a strangers wheel changed – action does. Our
compassion needs to move to action. If there is something we /can/ do
to help those around us, we should help! We should be a physical
outpouring of the love of Jesus to those who would be on the receiving
end of His compassion.

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Jesus, thank you for the example that you have set for us in your
Word. Please help me, when faced with injustice and pain, to be
compassionate and to do something wherever possible, not to become
indifferent. Amen.

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