May 11th 2010

Clothed With Compassion

4th of a Series

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another;”

I Peter 3:8 (NKJV)

Many times in the Gospels we read of Jesus being moved with compassion.  He looks at the condition of man, individually and generally, and it has a profound effect upon him.  What does he see?  In Matthew 9:36 he tells us, “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”

Jesus saw the lost condition of man.  Separated from God, man is all at sea.  He does not know what the purpose of his life is and so he drifts aimlessly, striving for that which will not satisfy and seeking his own devised ends.  Jesus recognised the frustration and pain that this produced, and appreciated the disappointment that an aimless or ill-aimed life will bring.  And his heart went out to them.

We can often take a contrary view, wishing ill upon others who do not live as we think they should.  But Jesus had compassion.  He felt for this sad lost world and he did something about it.  He died for it!  Then he rose from the dead for it.  He still has that deep love and concern that is the source of compassion, and he wants his followers to share in his love and concern for this world.

As we make our way through each day, let us spare a thought for our brothers and sisters in this world who do not yet know that God is their father and who are not able to enjoy the satisfaction of God’s love eternally extended to them, leading and caring for them out of that same wellspring of compassion that Jesus exhibited when he walked this earth.   And let us thank God daily that we do.

Let that thought motivate our relations with others.

Prayer

Father in Heaven, thank you for your eternal compassion that is extended to all mankind.  May I be a mirror of that love and care to all I meet this day.

Amen

Study by David Stirk 

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