A Life of Love and Compassion
Recently I have been studying the miracles and healings that Jesus performed during His earthly ministry. Amongst those that I studied, most had a common element – Compassion. Below are a few incidences in which Jesus was moved with compassion.
Matthew 14:14 (NKJV)
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
Matthew 14 is the account prior to Jesus feeding the five thousand men. He saw the crowd of people and was moved with compassion. Jesus didn’t have the heart to send the people away while they were still hungry. Out of compassion for the multitude, Jesus not only healed the sick among them, but also fed the multitude miraculously with just five loaves and two fishes.
Matthew 20:33-34 (NKJV)
33 They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”
34 So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
Jesus had compassion for the two blind men before He touched and healed them. Out of His divine compassion, Jesus healed many lives and performed many miracles. And this compassion that Jesus has isn’t just limited to meeting physical needs of the people.
Matthew 9:36-38 (NKJV)
36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the people who were tired and helpless. Jesus describes them as sheep that do not have a shepherd. These sheep refer to those who have yet to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Jesus is our True Shepherd who watches over us, feeds us, takes care of us and provides us with all that we need. The heart of the Shepherd goes out to those who are in the wilderness and susceptible to the attacks of the predators.
Matthew 18:12 (NLT)
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?
This clearly shows that Jesus treasures every precious lost sheep that is right now not yet in the flock. As believers of Christ, you and I once were also that lost sheep. But Jesus found us and brought us into His sheepfold. God loves all of mankind. And it is His desire to see that no one is lost and separated from Him due to sin. Therefore He sent us Jesus, the True Shepherd. Jesus wants all His disciples, including you and me, to pray for Him to send out laborers into His harvest to seek these lost sheep, as well as be such laborers for Him.
It was out of His love for all mankind that Jesus went to the Cross. It is because of this love that we can reconcile with God. God is love. And we who are reconciled with God are called His children. Therefore we are children of love. The love that we are referring to is agape love. It means selfless, un-withholding, sacrificial, unconditional and also inconvenient love. Bearing all our sins, dying on the Cross certainly isn’t convenient and definitely sacrificial. This is the love of God. Therefore as believers and followers of Jesus, we are also called to love like He does.
John 15:12-13 (NKJV)
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
Here, Jesus is teaching us to love. It doesn’t literally mean that we die for our friends. But it means a sacrificial and selfless love that we ought to have for our friends and the people around us, just as how Jesus loves us. For those who have are not yet believers, we can set apart time to pray and intercede for them so that they may receive God into their lives and for them to experience God. And we ought to also share with them the Good news of Jesus, and after they have received Christ, teach them the Word of God, so that they can grow in the Lord.
Jesus loves us. He is One who is filled with compassion towards people. As disciples of Jesus, let us learn from Him and be like Him!
Join me in this prayer:
“Hallelujah! Thank You for Your love, Oh Lord! I thank You that because of love, You sent Your only Son to die for my sins so that I can be reconciled with You. I thank You for showing me the life of Jesus through Your Word, that I can grow to be more and more like Him. I thank You God, for first loving me and showing me Your compassion. With this love and compassion from You, I commit to be always loving and compassionate to those around me. Lord, use me as Your vessel to let more people around me experience Your love and compassion for them. Thank You, God. In Jesus’ most loving Name I pray, AMEN!”