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Moved with Compassion
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
- Matthew 9:36 (NIV)
Scrunched in the seat of a pedal rickshaw in India, I observed the masses of humanity pressed together on the narrow street. The sound of horns, the smell of fumes, and the sight of chaotic bustling overwhelmed my senses. Struck by the scene, I wondered what God thought while looking at such a crowd. Then I thought of Matthew 9:36: “When Jesus saw the crowd, he had compassion on them.”
Jesus’ response to the people revealed the vision of God. The word
in Greek indicates a gut-wrenching burden for people. That burden led Jesus to send his followers on a mission to engage the “harassed and helpless.” Jesus wanted his followers to reach those who are suffering.
Viewing this crowd of people led me to pray for them and moved me to deep compassion. I was propelled into action. As our rickshaw slowly maneuvered its way through the crowds, I wondered what our world would be like if every Christ-follower were to pray for those who are suffering and then to act with compassion as Jesus commands.
Leslie Anne Neal Segraves (Tennessee, USA)
Thought for the Day
I want to see the world through God’s eyes of compassion.
Dear Jesus, give us a compassion that moves us to see others through your eyes. Send us to serve those who are suffering. Amen.
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