Stage 2: Awaken Compassion in Us
When we read about the earthly life of Jesus in the gospels, there is one characteristic that permeates the pages in story after story: our Lord is amazingly, unwaveringly compassionate. We see Him deeply moved by the pain & sorrow of those needing help. He isn't unfeeling or merely stoic in His pursuit for the heart of man but compassion moves within Him toward the lost, the sick, those held in bondage & the outcasts of society. Jesus demonstrates the heart of the Father with a beating heart of love that reaches out to the entire sin-sick world, none are excluded. We see His tenderness in stark contrast to the spirit of religion as He confronts the loveless heart. The compassion of God moves toward the miserable, it is a merciful love that must do something about another's pain & its sinful cause. Ultimately the compassion of Jesus leads Him to sacrifice Himself on the Cross to save all who will repent of their sins & receive His gift of life.
One definition of compassion is " a feeling of deep sympathy or sorrow for another who is stricken with misfortune, accompanied by the desire to allieviate the suffering." Jesus' compassion confronts our hearts; we may often fall short of constantly showing love & compassion for others. Too often we can give in to the love of self, seeking our own comfort or benefit instead of a love for others. The message of the whole bible is the compassion of God; & shows us that compassion is a central part of our spirituality. If we truly carry the heart of Jesus, we will grow in & experience His compassion moving within our being. Let His compassion motivate your prayers & actions!
Matt. 9:36 When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harrassed & helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matt.5:7 Blessed are the merciful, they shall receive mercy.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Encouragement to Go Deeper:
As we continue to prepare our hearts, recognize the compassion God has personally shown you. Allow His compassion to grip you for the sake of others. Pray to have a greater compassion for others. Become more alert, look for places & people where you can show the love of God. On the Great Commission Day of Prayer, allow your heart & prayers to be filled with the compassion of the Lord for the lost, sick, broken ones throughout the world that they may be healed, transformed, delivered by the love of God!
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