Compassion-Text: Matthew 9:35-38
1. Definition of Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
We see in vs.35 that Jesus when about teaching (dedasko) and preaching (karuso). Teaching means to instruct and preach means to proclaim. He taught people and He proclaimed and heralded the gospel of the kingdom. Not to be confused with an actual kingdom, but He proclaimed His dominion, royal power and kingship.
How did Jesus teach the people? He showed them by displaying His power with signs of healing.
We see in vs. 36 that He was moved with compassion when He saw the multitudes. Jesus paid attention. He discerned the condition of the people. to be moved as to one's bowels, hence to be moved with compassion, have compassion (for the bowels were thought to be the seat of love and pity)
Why was Jesus moved with compassion: He saw that they were weary and scattered (they were feeble and cast down and had no one to oversee them or care for them.)
How often do you pay attention to people’s conditions? Do you do anything to address their suffering?
What can we do to be more compassionate? We need to ask the Holy Spirit to recondition our hearts to be able to sense the pain of human bondage. Have you ever had chronic pain or an illness? Have you ever had someone betray you or have gone through a divorce? Do you know what it feels like to be demonized?
Read: Hebrews 13:3, Romans 12:15
Compassion needs be more than just mere words, but action. How can you take action to act this out?
How do we love difficult people with compassion?
Read: Colossians 3:12-14
1. Pray for our own heart. Ask God to take away the anger and irritability and to put on meekness and kindness to understand their struggles.
2. Pray for them. Ask God to be a work in their hearts.
3. Give them grace as God has given you grace. Sometimes you have been that difficult person.
Read vs. Matthew 37-38 again. We know the harvest is ready. We must be sent out into the harvest. What will you do when we are out there?