May 24 – The Compassion of Christ

“When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled”  John 11:33

Webster’s definition of “compassion” is: “A sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.  It is ACTIVE and demands some sort of action.

“Sympathy,” on the other hand, means: “A feeling or emotion one feels through sensitivity to or identification with others.”  It is PASSIVE, and requires little effort.

Jesus was moved with COMPASSION often when He:

Saw the multitude sick and HEALED them. (Matthew 14:14)
Saw the multitude hungry and FED them. (Matthew 15:32)
Saw the blind men and gave them SIGHT. (Matthew 20:34)
Saw the leper and TOUCHED him. (Mark 1:41)
Saw the multitude as sheep without a shepherd and TAUGHT them. (Mark 6:34)
Saw the demonized and CAST OUT evil spirits. (Mark 9:22)

You can have the COMPASSION OF CHRIST!  His Spirit lives in you. Yield to Him fully. Be filled with His Spirit to overflowing, and let that overflow touch others.

PRAY:
“Father God,  make me a vessel of honor in Your kingdom. Fill me with Your Spirit, and let me show the COMPASSION OF CHRIST today, Amen.”

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